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Optimism for the future of the Amiga was at its highest tevet in years foüowing the revelation of Escom's pians for technological developments on the ptatform. The Amiga Technology devetopment division is already working on the next génération of RtSC-based computers and a set-top unit that witt exploit the Amiga s muttimedia strengths. Closer to hand is the promise of new machines for early 1996, including an 030 version of the A1200 and an 060 version of the A4000. tn the meantime. suppties of the current Amiga range witt start rotting out with the À4000 Tower unit coming first fottowed by the A1200 which should reappear in October. According to Petro Tyschtschenko. Générât Manager of fhe Amiga Technotogies company. Escom expects to make back the $ 10 mittion it spent on the buy ouf in as short a period as Spring 1996 through sates and ticenses. in 1995 atone, a turnover of 100 mittion DM has been predicted mainly from the sales of A1200, A4000 and CD32 units. Whether these estimations wiü come to fruition witt be seen in the futtness of time. bu! the announcement that the présentation package Scata MM300 witt be bundled with newly sold Amigas can only hetp to make the Amiga s retail position stronger. Por the fui) in-depth report on Escom's plans for the future, read the cover feature inside this month s issue. EU bmught dnmn ht) Hmiga's absBMB News of the Amiga s salvation came too tale for the huge distribution and refait empire, ZCL. Foüowing the décision of the firm's founder. Don Carter, to catt in the receivers on 30 May, the UK computer industry has been rocked by the surprise cottapse of one of the bigges! national forces in fhe computer trade.

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MOUSE MAT WITH SPONGE BACKING 'BQSMIFT INTERFACE PLUG MOUSE & JOYSTICK IN ONE PORT HeveaN, tore game* iKod maf not ol be avslaOo Pieaw pnone to c*-«* n.emtmt, PnCM may cNtng* wlhout (re* roirtcKlon T.m« ol going to pra*» 09 0696 E A O E ntuis By Gareth lofthouse On 30 May, MD Manfred Schmidt presented Escom’s plans for the future of the Amiga at a press conference in Frankfurt.
Assembled members of the press and trade industry were told that a new company called Amiga Technologies has been established to lead the Amiga forward. It is to be headed by Petro Tyschtschenko, former Director of Logistics for Commodore International.
Amiga saued, but To the disappointment of the Amiga industry in Britain, however, Escom have not included David Pleasance, MD of Commodore UK, into their future plans.
Joint MD, Colin Proudfoot, has also been dropped.
Pleasance and Proudfoot had hoped to negotiate a future for the UK subsidiary with Escom after the German company acquired the remains of Commodore at the auction in New York last month.
Previously, Pleasance’s team had looked like favourites to win the bidding process, but on the day in question they could not match the financial muscle of rivals Escom and Dell.
Despite meeting twice with Pleasance and Proudfoot, however, Escom's management decided not to take over Commodore UK in its current form. “This was actually a global policy of Escom regarding the Amiga," explained Gilles Bourdin, the newly appointed PR Manager for Amiga Technologies. “We decided just to take the trademark, the logos and a few people we wanted to work with, but without taking over the structure of the former 124*4
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25. 99 Commodore. This is exactly the same as what happened with
Commodore int Germany.” The news of Pleasance's departure
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job. Neither Pleasance or Proudfoot were available for
comment at the time Amiga Computing went to press.
Though it appears that Commodore UK's Maidenhead offices are being abandoned by Escom. The Stanstead unit will be retained. It will be managed by Jonathon Anderson, previously head of sales for C=UK, as a research and development centre. Five other members of the Commodore UK team have also been taken on board by Amiga Technologies.
No room found by C acorn for Pfomsonco or Proudfoot Iteui deuelDpments planned PleasancQ goes Optimism for the future of the Amiga was at its highest level in years following the revelation of Escom’s plans for technological developments on the platform. The Amiga Technology development division is already working on the next generation of RISC-based computers and a set-top unit that will exploit the Amiga’s multimedia strengths.
8. M Closer to hand is the promise of new machines for early
1996, including an 030 version of the A1200 and an 060 version
of the A4000. In the meantime. Supplies of the current Amiga
range will start rolling out with the A4000 Tower unit coming
first followed by the A1200 which should reappear in October.
QUICK RETURN According to Petro Tyschtschenko.
General Manager of the Amiga Technologies company, Escom expects to make back the $ 10 million it spent on the buy out in as short a period as Spring 1996 through sales and licenses.
In 1995 alone, a turnover of 100 million DM has been predicted - mainly from the sales of A1200, A4000 and CD32 units.
Whether these estimations will come to fruition will be seen in the fullness of time, but the announcement that the presentation package Scala MM300 will be bundled with newly sold Amigas can only help to make the Amiga’s retail position stronger.
For the full in-depth report on Escom’s plans for the future, read the cover feature inside this month's issue.
E(l brought douin bg Amiga's absence News of the Amiga's salvation came too late for the huge distribution and retail empire, ZCL.
Following the decision of the firm's founder, Don Carter, to call in the receivers on 30 May, the UK computer industry has been rocked by the surprise collapse of one of the biggest national forces in the computer trade.
7. 99 22 99 Carter blamed the company's difficulties on the fall
of Commodore International. ZCL had been one of the biggest
distributors of the Amiga and its related products, and the
sudden absence of the popular home computer caused the company
to experience huge losses.
The launch of the successful Calibre PC range was an attempt to compensate for lost business, but ultimately these sales were insufficient to save the company. ZCL employed a workforce of 137 people and incorporated the Taurus wholesale operation, the Calculus retail chain, and the Indi Direct mail order firm. The business reportedly has substantial assets and a balance sheet surplus, so it is hoped that buyers will soon be found for the three divisions which will continue to trade in the meantime.
Amiga Computing BBF[ to raise charges Publishers of software containing violence or adult content could be faced with vastly increased production costs following a call for a rise in classification charges by the British Board for Film Classification. Software products depicting human sexual activity or acts of ‘gross’ violence has been subject to BBFC classification since the Video Recordings Act.
1984, and since September 1994 over 40 software products have been officially classified by the BBFC.
[D competition or not it is terminated. The makers claim this will help beginners avoid two of the most common oversights when connecting CD drives to their computers.
The drive’s facia will boast audio CD-dedicated operation buttons that will allow it to be used as a CD player without software like Jukebox, while at the heart of the machine a dual-speed drive makes the ACD-300 fast enough to take on higher priced rivals, For more information, call Aiwa on 0181-897 7000.
Now. However, the government appointed body is claiming interactive software takes much longer to assess than movies or videos and that they should consequently be subject to a higher classification fee, This could put the charge of new releases up from £1.053 to £1,755 according to CTW, the industry trade weekly.
The BBFC claim a price rise is necessary because they were running at a loss while charging the same rate for games as for video. Sections of the software industry, however, have seen the proposals as potentially damaging.
Telstar is one software company who will be affected. At the moment they are focusing their attention on Cds and with the establishment of the new adult label and the higher classifiaction fee. They feel it will be costly. Telstar’s Gary Bracey understand the BBFC’s problems but believes “they should look at two price bands - one for multimedia products, which include a lot of linear content, and one for games produtcs which do take longer for them to explore."
Roger Bennett. General Secretary for the industry's self-appointed watchdog, ELSPA. Warned: It could undermine the way in which this industry is taking a responsible attitude and the way in which we distribute software for consumer use.” He continued: “If it's going to cost so much money for certification, some people will say to hell with it, let’s take a risk.
We can't afford that to happen - nor can the BBFC. “ (ompang check-ups on net The day when mail order via the home computer becomes a normal method of shopping has come a step nearer following the establishment of the Netcheck Commerce Bureau on the Internet. With many net users still wary of buying products over the Web, it’s hoped that such sites will increase consumer confidence by offering added consumer protection.
NetCheck will be a place where potential customers can check up the history of a company before they make an order. It will also allow consumers to file any complaints they may have about less scrupulous net sellers.
Mr Thomas Abbott, president of the Netcheck Bureau, said: “We felt that a modem and effective approach to regulating ethical business standards has long been over due. Being interactive allows for lower membership rates for companies that elect to become members and a more efficient reporting system for the consumer.’’ Bona Fide companies should be encouraged to join up with the scheme by the fact that the history files in Netcheck will link directly to their homepage. There will alsc be a monthly newsletter making site users aware of newly-joined members.
While waiting for similar sites to spring up on this side of the Atlantic UK net users interested in mail order can take a look at NetCheck at http: www.mag- icnet.net netcheck. Though Bennett was mainly concerned that the BBFC's proposal would damage the good work ELSPA and its members had so far undertaken, there is also the danger that a rise in production costs could detqr some developers from making adult-themed titles entirely. “I would hope," he commented, “that the Home Office will take into account the fact that not all software publishers are in a position to pay that much."
At the time of writing, the BBFC’s proposal has yet to be approved by the Home Office. In the meantime, a meeting is set to take place between ELSPA and the Home Office at which Bennett will vigorously defend the software industry’s position.
Fliiua undercut In what is already a highly contested area of the peripheral market, the CD drive competition is set to become even more heated following Aiwa’s decision to drop the price of its SCSI compatible ACD-300 unit to just £149.
The stated price is not inclusive of VAT. But it emphasises the continued downward trend for CD drive prices as the medium grows in popularity, Amiga users will also be encouraged by the fact that the drive is being marketed as an ideal option for the Amiga range of computers.
The verdict on whether quality has been compromised to cut cost will have to be reserved until Amiga Computing undertakes a full review, but the ACD-300 is already a clear winner in the looks department.
It will also boast a competitive array of facilities. As well as being SCSI compatible. Which means it can be connected to your computer along with six other peripherals. It also features an unusual large LCD display that indicates the dnve's SCSI ID and whether Amiga portables in pipeline Silent Paw Production hope to have portable Amigas ready for delivery by September this year according to MD Shawn Randolph.
With a name denved from the acronym for Portable Amiga Work Station, the PAWS product range could give the Amiga market the lightwerght version of the computer that has been missing until now.
PAWS is set to include an STN or TFT active colour display, a trackball. Link it.
Cross Dos 8 Pro, and a simple guide to assembly. Silent Paw Productions also plans to release the Gecko, a small external box that will allow for the use of the Amiga with any VGA monitor in any Amiga display mode. The company will be releasing pricing detail in the near future.
Crime unit catches 'The Fig' Scottish Trading Standards officers have arrested a man on suspicion of involvement in a multi-million pound fraud operation following a tip off from ELSPA's software crime unit.
EISPH Following the arrest of a man from Airdrie, the police found over 1.500 counterfeit gold CD-ROMs featuring games and business software plus duplication hardware. The police raid also uncovered large amounts of allegedly pirated floppy disks.
According to John Loader, ELSPA's chief investigator, the haul represents the biggest success for the organisation's crime unit to date.
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Emulation insight postponed Those readers that have been looking for the article on PC and Mac emulation advertised in last month's issue are also owed an apology. Though we intended to include it in this August issue, the sudden increase in activity on the Amiga front meant the feature had to be postponed. However, we hope to bring you the full guide in next month’s Amiga Computing.
ITIouing words Diskotech have developed a brand new collection of animated colour fonts for the Amiga and are releasing them at a budget price, Named Moviefonts, the package features fonts that are compatible with paint packages like Deluxe Paint 3 and which work in all screen formats.
The series of 12 fonts costs £35 and can be obtained from Diskotech on 01591 620242.
Eompuserue accelerator was necessary because of the rising suicide rate among men of 15-24 and 35-
44. Sixty volunteers are being trained in order to respond to
increasing numbers of e-mail callers, and as more branches
come on-line its predicted that response times will quicken.
“It is encouraging that more men are calling us, but there is a long way to go before we start to reverse the trend of male suicide." Commented Simon Armson, The Samaritans' Chief Executive, "E-mail is an effective way of reaching a group who are at risk of suicide. And difficult to reach out to. We will continue to increase accessibility to our service."
Net users can communicate with the Samaritans by e-mailing them at Jo@samaritans.org or, if they prefer to remain anonymous, samaritans@an on.penet.fl. The service will respond within 24 hours.
CompuServe, the user friendly on-line service, has announced its intention to introduce v.34 dialup access throughout Europe. It’s hoped that this will increase the speed of access and ease of use for its users.
Flops onto more Amiga Computing is forced again into its occasional ritual of eating humble pie, following the omission in last month’s TV Paint review of a few important details.
The excellent paint package is available from Activa (call 0181-402 5770) at £495 for the standard version. However full-time students or customers upgrading from any other paint package can obtain TV Paint for £395.
¦¦¦ ¦H In the month in which Escom outlined plans tor the future growth of the Amiga technology, there was also good news for the existing range of computers following the announcement of a new tool that will build knowledge-based systems on the Amiga platform.
Simply named KBTools, the new development allows complex expertise to be encapsulated on computer and then made available for use by non-experts. Bearing similarities to systems that have already been used in medical, legal and financial professions, the inventors claim KBTools will be able to provide reliable advice to its users on a range of complex matters.
So far the designers have created a system that will guide users through the difficult Issues involved in planning a building project and writing a contract. Apparently. KBTools asks a number of questions guided by its internal models, and then decides which issues are important before compiling the text of a draft contract. It’s claimed that the technology is unusually capable of coping with the grey areas that such matters give rise to.
Despite scepticism in some quarters about the current Amiga's capabilities. KBTools' designers chose to use it in preference to rival platforms. In fact, they’re claiming that ease of use and speed of KBTools is due largely to the unique strengths of the Amiga hardware and operating system.
The Amiga CD market is to be graced with yet another bargain following Almathera’s release of their Ten on Ten package. With the price set at just £39.99. the bundle comprises 10 Cds fea* turing content that ranges from entertainment to serious applications.
Ten on Ten will include CDPD1 and 2, World Atlas Vista. Pandora and Team Yankee, a 3D action sim for game lovers. Unsurprisingly for the price, some of the material has been around for some time, but there are three new Cds including a Networking and Comms disc that will not be published individually.
Almathera are only producing 3000 units of Ten on Ten because they plan to release it as a limited edition pack. It can be ordered directly form Almathera on 0181-687 0040.
Having offered emotional support to members of the public for decades via the telephone, the Samaritans moved into the 21st century with the decision to launch e-mail access to their service, The move follows on from the success of a pilot scheme run by the organisation's Cheltenham Branch. In its first six months the experimental project received 526 contacts, 47 per cent of which were male. 28 per cent female and 25 per cent unknown.
According to the Samaritans, the e-mail scheme has proved to be an effective way of reaching young men. A group which they say is statistically at particular risk. They also suggest that the anonymity of the Internet encourages openness on the part of the service users, with 80 per cent admitting they had suicidal feelings. This contrasts with the normal telephone helpline where only 25 per cent express suicidal thoughts.
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In addition to other software products not listed here, young monkey are currently developing low- cost DSP and MIDI hardware for integration with their software and third-party applications, and as a completely unrelated public sen ice, young monkey has written a free text-to-Brailte conversion program.
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Amiga 2000s, 3000s, and 4000s with empty drive bays.
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Amiga Computing AUGUST 1995 1- he company known as young monkey (sic) began as the vision of two musicians. Over a decade ago, it was just two people, an analogue drum machine, two analogue synthesizers, a Commodore 64 and lots of hoping and dreaming.
Now. Young monkey studios have grown to include a professional audio video studio that’s worked on film scores, audio recordings, and even two top-ten alternative dance songs, young monkey studios still don't have any capital letters in their name, but they do have a suite of impressive Amiga music programs they've decided to polish up and share with the Amiga community.
SIMthesizer is a waveform generator modifier that combines multiple synthesis technologies, includifig analogue, digital, wavetable. Additive, subtractive, granular, frequency modulation, phase modulation, waveshaping. Phonetic speech, Ghunga, Re-Haus and others. Hardware components used in early analogue synthesizers often coloured sounds with parasitic variations.
Though sometimes unwanted, these variations could be used to enhance sounds. SIMthesizer has a set of parasitic parameters you can use to create subtle or extreme variations on existing sounds.
Noise signature profiles of various commercial synthesizers are included as well. One particularly handy feature is that every original copy of SIMthesizer will have a different internal Parasitic factor. This ensures that sounds created on one copy of SIMthesizer will not sound exactly the same as those created on another.
FULL SUITE As well as generating new sounds. SIMthesizer's extensive waveform modification features can be used to enhance existing sound sample data. You’ll find a full suite of filters, transforms, feedback, echo, and delay parameters, as well as fully programmable envelopes. A sort of ADRro for sound. SIMthesizer will load and save samples from 8 to 32-bits in size, in formats including Raw, IFF 8SVX, AIFF, NeXT, Sun, Wave, U-Law, A-Law. AVR. Mac. IRCAM. Voc, Sample Vision, and more.
WaveFormer is a waveform editing system designed to work as standalone or in conjunction with professional sampling hardware and third-party audio cards. Support for hard disk recording hardware is planned.
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MIDI SYStem Explorer is an extensively configurable MIDI exploration system, including a patch editor, librarian, control system and much more.
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Patch Librarian data is stored in MIDI standard format, for easy import in other software.
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Pulp faction Take, for example, the Cyberstorm 060 card - a phenomenal piece of kit by any standards - that was reviewed in the June issue of these pages. The magazine was on the shelves by 4 May 1995. One of our competitors - bless them - had their June issue surface on the 11th of that month, and they had the Cyberstorm 060 card hyped on the cover.
The difference Is obvious, though, because plastered above the competitor's Cyberstorm hype was that word - exclusive! Not true, we’d beaten them to it by over a week. Turn to their review of the product and again the word ’exclusive’ beams up at you from the page - it just ain't true.
“Why not plaster that wondrous word on your cover as well then?" You ask. Unlike certain competitors, we'll only use ‘exclusive’ when it is one (witness Lightwave 4).
We were not in a position to say that the Cyberstorm 060 was a guaranteed exclusive. Nor were the competition. We didn't use the word. They did.
The principle reason for avoiding the word wasn’t out of fear that the opposition would reprimand us for it. Because they won’t - it’s simply that we like to treat our customers with some respect and give them the honest story. Consumers are easily hacked off when they feel they're being shafted and they’ll take their money elsewhere.
This kind of undercutting the competition is typical practice on the road to big ABCs.
On the release of Doom 2 on the PC, various magazines brandished that word as they proclaimed they were first. As usual, one of our publications got there first, but Quentin larantinn pulls out a large baseball - bat and sets to mnrh - on the competition - many of the other mags ploughed on regardless with their ’exclusive’ banner.
Perhaps this aJI sounds like sour grapes, but the overuse of 'exclusive' reveals a deeper problem with the current crop of Amiga mags - that of making a quick buck.
When Commodore went belly up last year, there was a change to certain competitors that may not have been immediately obvious to Joe Public. While certain mags beat their chests for standing next to the Amiga through thick and thin, their actual content reveals a different story.
PAGINATION While Amiga Computings pagination (page count) has fallen like our competitors, our editorial content has stayed pretty much the same - the only page losses have been mainly in advertising because of Commodore's demise. We could easily fill our editorial with games, games and more games like some of our competitors have done - pages of tips, cheats and other space-filling devices are used to give the customer the feeling that they’re getting their money’s worth when they pick up the magazine.
We. On the other hand, use our pages to show the Amiga off to its full extent and to inform you, the reader, of the machine’s potential skill after all this time - special effects companies, how to use your Amiga to make money, interviews with the movers and shakers in the industry, tutorials, pop promo makers, useful cover mounts such as Cds and supplements, ‘exclusives' on groundbreaking packages, the continual coverage of the Commodore buyout, and Wallace and Gromit!
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This kind of change, which has become increasingly apparent over the last year, would suggest that the people at the top of certain publishing empires have decided the Amiga has had it. And therefore want to screw as much money out of their readers as possible while the market lasts.
The basic message is simple - if you want value for money that isn’t going to break the £4 mark until is absolutely necessary. Amiga Computing is the honest, informed and professional choice.
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Essentially, the more colours on screen, the more planes within RAM required to describe the colours.
COLOUR COUNT Personal Paint's chop planes function counts how many colours are actually used in your brush and then reduces the number of planes to the minimum required to display those colours. This saves memory and reduces the brush file size when saving it.
You can have up to nine brushes within memory and can flick between them using the numeric keypad keys 1 to 9.
You can also apply all the image processing functions to the currently select-
• Randomize high
• Randomize low
• Randomize oblique
• Sharpen high
• Sharpen low And many more functions besides ed brush too.
Another memory and space-saving feature is the ability to alter
the number of colours used for an entire picture. The Less
colours function lets you alter a slider to reduce the number
of colours in a picture and as you do so, Personal Paint shows
you an instant preview of how your picture looks as you lower
the colour count before you make the change permanent.
Personal Paint lets you work in up to 256 colours and allows you to save your pictures in a variety of file formats such as PCX, GIF and even C source code for all you C programmers.
Other features include a really good magnify option for those tricky details where accuracy is required. There are an incredible 46 levels of magnification for even the most chronic of perfectionists among you. It takes full advantage ol the many different screen resolutions available on Amigas and even works well with many of the popular RTG Personal Paint special offer tf you think version 4 of Personal Paint is good, you will be amazed at what is available in version 6.3. If you are interested in upgrading to version 6.3, check out our Personal Paint special offer on page 20 for details
on how to get hold of one of the best paint programs on the Amiga Amiga Computing Utility heauen 2 painting PowerSnap Get artistic with our fully working uersinn of Personal Paint‘t and check out the great collection of utilities to make using your dmiga euen more of a joy than it already is Author: Nico francois Workbench: 2.0 If you have ever used a quality Word processor. You probably know how useful it is to be able to select a block of text on screen and either copy or cut it and then to paste it elsewhere.
Unfortunately, not all utilities and programs offer this feature. PowerSnap provides a simple solution to this problem by providing such cut and paste features itself. The only limitations are that it only works with non-prOpOr- tional fonts up to 24 pixels wide and any height, which should cover most users’ needs.
To try It out. Simply double-click the PowerSnap icon and you can then position the mouse pointer over a character on screen, holding down the left Alternate key and press the left mouse button.
At this point, after a short delay depending on the size of the font, the screen will either flash, meaning PowerSnap didn't find a character at that position, or the character will be highlighted. You can then drag the mouse while keeping the left Alternate key and the left mouse button held down to select further characters.
Once you are happy with what you have selected, releasing the Alternate key will copy the selected characters into the clipboard.
You can then paste the copied text by pressing the Alternate and V key or by pressing the Alternate key and the right mouse button.
Y and !o alter entire n lets lumber do so, nt pre- as you i make Draw ellipse Draw polygon Gf': Airbrush Fill graphics cards. Personal Paint features a similar interface to the old daddy of art programs, Deluxe Paint, with a toolbar and menu for accessing the many features available.
There are also the usual and useful keyboard shortcuts for quick selection of many of the major functions such as Save and Load picture.
For a small incentive, there are some example pictures available on the CoverDisk for you to load into Personal Paint and experiment with.
good details ;re are ication action- tage of lutions works r RTG nVr.n .w, JSSSi Text Grid control Image processing Cut brush Magnify image Undo a- & moue mt Clear screen Author: Asher Feldman Workbench: 2.04 Move is a simple utility which provides a Unix-like move command, allowing you to move files from source to destination rather than having to copy them and delete the originals from the source.
Those of you with a directory utility will probably be familiar with the move feature, and Move provides the same function via CU Shell. It can also be used as a rename command and supports all standard wildcards.
I iefault Here are the reautta of ll at a few of the many Image processing function* available. From left to right - normal, emboss high and blur high ydes Amiga Computing V 1*1 COVERDISK Here is a before and after shot of your average Amiga window gadget showing the much improved Sysihack version This neat hack allows you to alter the sizing gadgets and scroll arrows to look nice in screen resolutions which have a 1:1 aspect ratio. You can also give the gadgets a 3D look The program is called from the Startup- sequence file in your S: drawer. It needs to be called before Iprefs. There are
various parameters available and are described in detail in the Sysihack documentation file, so refer to this for further details.
St|5ihach Author; Mr Boopsi (well, that's what the docs say!)
Workbench: 3.0 P( to Amiga Transfer Author: Michal Kara Shouiobj Author: Andreas Heumann Workbench: 2.0 Workbench; 2.0 This is a useful utility for those 3D addicts who own either the Imagine or Lightwave 3D software. It is a handy object viewer which allows you to load any Imagine TDDD or Lightwave LWOB format object.
Showobj can display the object loaded in three different modes - bounding box, wireframe or solid. There are also four views available
- front, right, top and perspective.
In perspective view, the object can be rotated using the mouse with the left button pressed, or can be zoomed by holding the right mouse button down.
There are times when being able to transfer files between a PC and an Amiga are quite useful. So useful in fact that Commodore included the CrossDOS driver. However, CrossDOS is only really useful for transferring files between machines via floppy disk.
This is very restrictive when you have very large or lots of files to copy, and will usually require you to use lots of disks or archive the files.
PC to Amiga allows you to connect your Amiga to a PC via a serial cable and to access the PC drives like normal devices connected to your Amiga.
Essentially, this is a master-slave system where the PC is the slave and the Amiga is the master with control over the Pcs hard drives.
You can then simply transfer files between the two machines using the PC: logical device.
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No doubt many of you have installed Mui given ¦ away on the July issue CoverDisks. If so. Here I are some more MUI applications for you to ¦ enjoy. If you didn t get the July issue (shame I on you) we still have some back issues, so check out the back issues page for details on how to order.
Menu Items mUIPrnglist Open Parent Close Update Command Key [FT Rescan Menus MUIProgList is a simple text file compiled by our very own Ben Vost from the Aminet archive list. It details the many MUI programs which are available and where they are within Aminet.
Those with access to the Internet can access the Aminet archive at the address ftp: src.doc.ic.ac.uk aminet. Or. For those who are Internet-less, there are many Aminet CD-ROMs available through all good PD libraries.
Change or add your own keyboard shortcuts lor Uta standard Amiga Workbench keys with ReKeylt Save Cancel Amiga Computing CaPAL-H CftfAiH CftPAl H • COPAil OOPAU MNU YUTISC VU7ISC Load MLHghfes (29000) VbtteSe* 724* 283 to WO X 200 Sec ’6,368* 16,384 CdQfJ; 256 Colon 8 WidtnW [7] Default ] [7] Default HftgM A (pte - AiooScron [7] hamQ Save Cancel Use This is the very latest and more enhanced MUI version of the standard Workbonch ScreenMode utility.
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So. Check out the supplied program documentation for the software described here to see what the author is requesting in terms of payment. Quite often it’s free, so just send them a thank you note- If there is some form of registry payment required, you can bet it will be a pittance and well worth it. So send off your cash and support the author.
Forcelcan Author: Kai Iske Workbench: 2.0 This is a useful utility for those with CD- ROMs or networking software of any kind. It allows you to snapshot an icon for devices which normally don't allow this (such as CD- Roms). You can thus set its position or give rt a much nicer icon than the default used by Workbench.
Author: Cyril Oeble Workbench: 3.0 Although the Workbench Screenmode utility in the prefs drawer does its job. It would benefit from a MUI facelift. So.
Here's the latest version of the MUI screen mode utility for all you MUI addicts to replace the drab Workbench version. Simply double-click on the install icon to update your older version millScreenlllDde They say that watching fish swimming around in an aquarium is supposed to relax you. Well, life on Amiga Computing can be quite stressful at times, especially when you have Judith ‘Deadline or death’ Chapman, our beloved Production Editor sitting next to you.
So, I was quite relieved to find this curious and entertaining little program which simulates life in a fishtank. The idea is to keep your fish alive by altering various parameters in the program which control feeding, temperature, oxygen levels and other things required in such a fishy microcosm.
So. When you find yourself slowly approaching boiling point when using your Amiga, fire up Aquasim. Sit back, and watch the aquatic lifeforms go about their business, letting the tranquil serenity of their little lives wash over you, flquaSim Giuseppi Chiesa Workbench; 2.0 |prprn5r| r «* rr r sr Pm HfeOtfMrQpU Q (scanWt E 5har»r.
ReKeglt flntufdit Author: Paul Huxham Workbench: 2.0 Have you ever wanted to paste something into a string gadget box within an interface, or wished their were more useful edit functions available?
Author: Michael Barsoom M.D Workbench: 2.0 This excellent utility allows you to alter the default keyboard shortcuts for the Workbench menu items.
What’s even more useful is that you can add keyboard shortcuts for those items Commodore didn’t assign a shortcut for, such as Snapshot all.
Also, users with Workbench prior to version three didn’t have the very useful and handy Icon cleanup shortcut (right Amiga and period key). I am always using this to tidy up icons within windows prior to quickly saving them with the icon Snapshot key.
Well, this sorry state of affairs is now history, as you can start changing and adding your own keyboard shortcuts to your own personal tastes. When you run ReKeylt, it will display the currently assigned shortcuts in a scrollable list view. To change or add a shortcut, simply select the appropriate menu item and then enter the key to be used in conjunction with the right Amiga key for the shortcut.
I your short- andard ¦nch eylt Shift cursor right Shift cursor left Alt backspace Alt del Right alt cursor up Right ait cursor down esc Right alt c or right amiga c Right alt v or right amiga v Right alt i or right amiga i Right alt g or right amiga g shift right alt g or shift right amiga g Well, NewEdit provides additional functions for those of you who have.
NewEdit is very useful when used in conjunction with the Powersnap utility (also on the CoverDisk) which provides selection, cut and paste features in programs which don’t provide it as standard. You can thus cut and paste text from one source and paste it into a string gadget box from the clipboard.
Next word previous word delete previous word delete next word DeuiEdit functions go to prevtous gadget (accepting contents) go to next gadget (accepting contents) leave gadget (accepting contents) copy gadget contents to clipboard 0 paste contents of clip 0 to gadget increments a numbered filename by one toggle the case of indicated character toggle the case of characters until eol or alphabetic character is found Amiga Computing Personal Paint 4 on our coverdisk, why not upgrade to the latest version?
Available for only £39.95 on disk or even better value CD-ROM, Personal Paint v6.3 is a powerful and intuitive paint, image processing, animation and 24-bit printing package.
Features of Personal Paint 6.3 include
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their plans for the future of the Fmiga is m Amiga Computing
AUGUST 1995 rumours regarding large quantities of ready-
to-ship machines are exactly that. In reality, any new
production will be strictly from the ground up.
It’s obvious that the existing stock of European components takes the form of spares rather than ready-to-assemble machines. However, this did prompt the announcement of a European spares and distribution centre which should be active within the next four weeks.
A big question mark still hangs over the huge inventory still held in the Philippines.
Apparently, negotiations are still in progress with the local trustees regarding, if and when, it will be made available.
With the commitment to future develop* ment. The obvious question has to be how they intend to do it. In reply. Escom announced a 50-strong support team at Escom's Bensheim headquarters. This central team will break down into development, developer support, resellers and users, production management, marketing, PR and administration.
In addition, the company has also taken flimga lertinulogies mill 5Bt about restoring and. Perhaos more importantly, ending the Amiga's position as tire ultimate multimedia and uideo graphir platform connection between the Amiga and Commodore.
The Commodore name and product range will be strictly PC and controlled exclusively by Escom.
Whereas Amiga Technologies will be a completely separate entity that will only handle Amiga-related product lines.
With the long and painful demise of the old empire, it may seem a curios decision to re-badge their flagship PC products with the Commodore title.
However. Escom are obviously confident that the decision is the right one. To back the decision Petro Tyschtschenko quoted a recent survey, commissioned by Escom, which stated that '93 percent of all PC owners know the Commodore name.' A figure only bettered by IBM.
However, there was no mention of how this impressive percentage actually perceived Commodore products in relation to its brand name opposition.
01 four o'clock on a very average day in Germany, the Amiga's journalistic hordes descended n the foyer of Frankfurt’s Park Hotel.
Although well known for loitering any- «twro that can provide a drink, this partic- ir bunch, myself included, were in a nous, and dare I say even sober mood.
After collecting the obligatory press
• iss. The 100-strong band woro ushered 'to a well-appointed
conference room ready to hear Escom's vision for an Amiga
Alongside a huge Scala-controlled pro- mentation sat the 11 men who plan to steer
• ho Amiga out of the shadows. Centre ¦¦'age was Manfred Schmitt,
the youthful JS’year old founder of the Escom empire.
Next to Herr Schmitt, and first to speak.
«as Petro Tyschtschenko, the general
• manager of the new Amiga Technologies GmbH.
After the usual pleasantries, business started in oarnost by reaffirming the ' tails regarding Escom's purchase of the former Commodore company - luding all intellectual property rights,
• rtemarks. Logos, products and licences »nd all for just 10
million dollars.
The end result of this is the formation of e new Amiga Technologies daughter
- mpany, which with the aid of various rd parties will set about
restoring and
• maps more importantly, expanding the Amiga’s position as the
ultimate multimedia and video graphic platform.
IN PRODUCTION Much to the relief of the onlookers, Herr schtschenko's first step is to resume production of the existing range. But
• rhaps more importantly, he also ide a public commitment to
continue development of what Escom believe is a superior
The aim is to restart production of both the A1200 and the A4000T
- thankfully the standard A4000 has officially been canned in
favour of an ail new mini tower A4000T. Initially, the plan is
to produce
120. 000 A120QS and
25. 000 A4000TS.
10,000 of which will ship with 060s while the remainder stick to the traditional 040.
Assuming things go to plan, the first units will be shipping by September October *05.
Apparently, all the planned A4000Ts have already been pre-sold, no doubt in the form of bulk sales to major distributors. Needless to say Escom. Or should I say Amiga Technologies, envisage plentiful supplies of both machines for the Christmas period.
Okay, the big question has to be what's the cost? Given the unbelievable prices of Escom's existing PC range, it's hard to envisage how they hope to produce an Amiga that can compete effectively with their Pcs.
Well, although no specific unit costs were provided, the new company did deliver a breakdown of their projected turnover and monthly operating costs for the remainder of this year. In total, Escom expect a turnover, based on A1200 and A4000T production, for '95 to be 100,000000 DM - a figure which apparently will ensure break even for the new company by the end of the year.
If you then subtract operating costs of 600,000 DM per month and divide this figure into the number of machines to be produced, it doesn’t require a genius to figure out a rough price per unit.
Assuming Escom’s projections are correct, this all points to an A1200 retail price at, or about. 300 DM and an A4000T retail of roughly 2200 DM. Translate the above into sterling using an approximation of today's exchange rate and you're looking at £150-ish for an A1200 and roughly £1000 for an A4000T.
A rather surprising revelation was the announcement that Amiga Technologies also plan to go back into production with the CD32 in time for the Christmas period. However, they remained very sketchy when it came to actual quantities, although it was stated that the CD32 will undergo a major redesign by spring '96.
An obvious stumbling block in the race to restart Amiga production is the confusion surrounding Commodore’s remaining inventory.
According to Herr Tyschtschenko, all remaining stock in both the UK and Germany has been accounted for. Unfortunately, the As you may have spotted, the word Commodore has been notable only by its absence. As part of Its buyout. The entire Commodore empire went under the hammer - including the Commodore name.
As a result, Escom can now add a recognised brand name to their own range of Pcs. Until the Commodore acquisition, Escom had a real problem marketing their PC range through any other outlets than their own. Now that situation has changed dramatically courtesy of the Commodore title, You can soon expect to see the Commodore name traverse the high street to just about any retail outlet.
Initially. Escom plan to go into production with a range of fully loaded Pentium P75 and P10Q multi- media Pcs which will be assembled at Escom's existing production facilities. The plan is to sell between 50,000 and 60.000 before the end of the year, with initial production commencing in August- As far as Escom are concerned, there is now no The naming game Amiga Computing over Commodore’s old development centre in Norristown in the US for additional R &D.
This i ovived arm of the Amiga Technologies is to be headed by Ed Goft. Former vice president and general council at Commodore.
All very positive stuff, but a question still remains regarding staffing. Since the Commodore demise, many key Commodore personnel have been poached by the likes of Apple. Let's hope the Escom revival can prompt a return to the fold for at least some of the key names in Amiga R&D.
PERSONAL VIEW Following the initial scene setting. Manfred Schmitt mounted the rostrum to delivei his personal vision and to explain why Europe's leading PC supplier felt the need to rescue the Amiga from a premature end. Above all, Herr Schmitt sees multimedia as the future for Escom, and therein lies the most compelling attraction of existing Amiga Technologies.
Set top solute Escom see Amiga Technology bringing multimedia to the masses. To that end they've already thrown the doors open to all comers by promising “a very flexible and open-minded approach to the licensing of Amiga technology."
Aside from the return of the Amiga. Escom also plan to spread the gospel in the form of interactive set-top boxes. The company has already teamed up in partnership with US multimedia specialists VisCorp to produce a range of interactive multimedia applications, and plan to launch a range of pay-TV. Video on demand, home banking, home-shopping and assorted on-line services with the aid of the Amiga's first ever licensing agreement. Aside from this partnership. Escom will be producing set-top boxes in Germany for 400 DM - approximately £200.
With Escom's obvious success with assorted multimedia PC solutions, it seems a curious decision to risk existing success by reviving a machine which quite literally coined the phrase multimedia. However, when i* comes to mass market multimedia, Escom see the Amiga, or more accurately its i IMMa isttie future fur (stum, and (therein lies tlie most iompelling atMon of fetologies affordable technology, as the Key to the technologies of the future.
It's highly unlikely you'll see the standard Amiga being marketed as the ultimate desktop solution, after all that would directly cut into PC profit margins. I'm certain, however, that many a black magic box offering all manner of interactive home entertainment, information and sen ices will have an Amiga at its heart.
Escom are well aware of the Amiga's natural talents, not least of which is its effortless multitasking - which still out performs any other platform. In addition, the Amiga also performs the same tasks as a Windows- based PC with only one eighth of the system resources - a factor which of course has huge repercussions on unit cost.
Combine these natural talents with a liberal approach to licensing and you have all the ingredients for a plug and play interactive set top box with a natural affinity for video, in either PAL or NTSC.
Aside from the urgent need for new machines, arguably Ihe most import aspect of the Escom takeover is their approach to future development. To that end Escom have appointed Dr. Peter Kittel as the head of the product planning group of Amiga Technologies, In the short term, the plan is simply to get the Amiga back into production and expand on the existing architecture of both the A1200 and A4000T. In the case of the A1200, this means initial production of the basic machine as sold by the former Commodore. However, by January '96 the plan is to re-launch the A1200 with an EC030 chip as
opposed to the existing EC020, They also plan to aod additional FastRAM on board to supplement the existing 2Mb of chip. The basic machine will ship with Workbench 3.1 as standard and will also be packaged w.th Scala MM300 es a freebie.
This raises the obvious question of how exactly Amiga Technologies expect the standard A1200 to run the Scala give-away, given insufficient RAM and '.he lack of a hard disk as standard.
After a brief silence, the reply came that any machines sold with sufficient resources will receive Scala as part of the overall package. However, anyone starting out with a basic machine will be given a free Scala upgrade when they've addod the necessary enhancements required fo run the software.
As you can probably see. The A4000T has no', only seen a revival but also a complete redesign.
Although the old Commodore empire only ever produced 1000 units, Amiga Technologies see the machine as the basis on which to build their high-end business.
The new machine takes the form of an all-new mini tower with the inspiration being the machine's traditional markets. The designer. Bjom Rybakken, made the point that "the Amiga is a creative tool in creative environments, and it must therefore relate to this situation." The plan is that the new look will hopefully herald 3 dramatic change in perception of the machine.
RIS(i| decisions As for pure mechanics there's little change, at least in the short term. The basic schematics point to a vertically loaded Zorro slot design with a user-definable array of lights in the pin cushion front panel, all lurking below an upper window - apparently designed to allow users to add their own images in an attempt to further customise fhe machine.
As mentioned earlier, the basic machine will ship with either 040 or 060 CPUs, the latter being designed in combination with phase 5 - the designers of the Cyberstorm 060 accelerators. As for additional hardware, there are no plans to add a CD- ROM as standard until at least until spring ‘96. In addition, there also appears to be some confusion over the availability of high density disk drives. I only hope that Amiga Technologies manage to source a supplier prior to the planned production run.
Another uncertain element in reference to the A4000T launch is the availability of the newly designed mini tower cases. At the moment it remains uncertain as to whether the new design will be available for the initial production run. Only time will tell.
Obviously the various decisions regarding existing hardware upgrades and new software add-ons are all very welcome, but a question still persists regarding the long-term development of the Amiga.
In that respect, Amiga Technologies has already committed to RISC as the first step for the new engineering division. The first decision is which of the two dominate RISC platforms to opt for, the options being Motorola's PowerPC or the HP PA Rise. Both have advantages and disadvantages. Motorola's being their close association with the Amiga and indeed Escom, while the HP option does offer the potential for superior performance.
Regardless of who wins, Dr. Kittel has already stated that "any future computer should always remain recognisable as an Amiga, and should not simply be assimilated among the amorphous mass of similar computers.'
The basic goal is to re-establish the Amiga's tion as the machine with the best sound, graphics and relative performance of any mass market computer by incorporating support for 3D graphics, te ture mapping, object-oriented design and other ting edge technologies. According to Dr. Kittel.
Move from CISC to RISC will not be as difficult many imagine due to the basic Amiga concept which has always been designed with progress in mind.
All very optimistic, but the fact remains that transition to RISC will take a minimum of 18 regardless of hardware availability. The reason this is that any RISC-based Amiga will require a pletely new operating system and that's what require the 18 months of design and beta testing to launch.
During this interim period, it's difficult to imai how Amiga Technologies plan to maintain the po end of the market given the existing RISC options both the Mac and PC.
Amiga Computing macraSiistenrc' solution In my opinion, the only feasible solution is to opt for some form of RISC-based co-processing solution such as the system already near completion at MacroSystems as pad of their pioneering work on the Draco digital video sys‘em.
I Amiga a’s nat- ffortless ms any ga also ndows- system rse has with a )u have id play I affinity ley've 3 and in the ership media nking, t ever et-top The Draco is essentially a completely new 060-based computer which uses the Amiga operating system running a Retina 24-bit display rather than the standard Amiga chipset. The end result of this is a blisteringly fast machine dedicated to Vlab Motion and Toccata-based DV that still runs the majority of Amiga applications.
However, because VLM's accompanying MovieShop software generates all its DVEs in software, special effecfs can still take quite some time to generate. As a consequence, an expansion slot already awaits a new Dec Alpha-based co-processor which delivers an astonishing 450 mips. The end result, real-time DVEs in software.
Obviously, even a partial RISC solution requires the recompiling of the specific applications that plan to take advantage of it. Nevertheless, the MacroSystems’ example does prove that a RI SC-based acceleration system, an 060, and the Amiga's existing OS can live in harmony.
Better still. MacroSystems have already offered to license the system to Amiga Technologies, along with the necessary libraries and compilers required to convert software for use with the Dec Alpha.
If Amiga Technologies did adopt the technology as their official high-end Zorro-based upgrade. I'm sure many a developer would be more than willing to support the move and
• nereby keep the Amiga at the forefront in the race for
processing power until a complete RISC solution is in place.
Licensing Aside from the obvious availability of cash, marketing clout and commitment - courtesy of Escom - one of the most hopeful signs for the future has to be the long-awaited and liberal approach to licensing.
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Hat the nonths, son for acom- hat will ng prior magine 5 power lions on To say Escom are open to licensing is an understatement. The company have already set about incorporating existing Amiga developers into the team - phase 5 being an example - and it appears that this approach will be the norm, with Escom licensing oul Amiga technology and also licensing back tnird-party developments to complement the existing Amiga repertoire.
The plan to create encapsulated Amiga environments for both the PC and Mac. In other words, Amigas on a card, And perhaps even more ironic is the plan to port AmigaDos as a optional OS on other platforms. This is more likely to occur with the arrival of a RISC- based OS, at which point the prospect of Workbench on a PC. Mac or SGI could be a reality.
The idea is to permeate the Amiga Environment through to as many platforms as possible and thereby break down the platform dependency that all tod often restricts not only the Amiga but all other computing environments.
Obviously, the planned freedom of information doesn't simply apply to traditional Amiga hardware. In fact, a large part will no doubt be in the form of set top box development and assorted spin-off technologies.
In short the message is open business.'
Anyone with the wants to form partnerships or help expand the Amiga and its technology will be welcomed At last we may see PO style proliferation, which in my opinion is the only reason for success of what is without doubt an interior platform Another twist is Ihe bottom line The rebirth of the Amiga has certainly been a well orchestrated affair designed to maximise PR point scoring for both Escom and the newly formed Amiga Technologies.
As it stands, the Escom takeover appears to provide everything the Amiga needs to re-establish, expand and improve.
But given the horrendous mismanagement, money grabbing and broken promises of the last year, it's still hard to have much faith in anything anymore.
From what I've seen, however, it's now time to cast the bitterness aside and look forward to true Amiga renaissance. It's obvious Escom aren't in the business of asset stripping as many feared.
I only hope their impressive plans come to fruition sooner rather than later, and the new company lives up to the machine that bears its name.
On ihe ground With the centre of Amiga Technologies entrenched firmly in the Netherlands and responsible for worldwide distribution, there's an obvious question of local support within individual countries.
According to Bernard Van Tienen.
Escom plan to port their traditional support and distribution methodology to the Amiga. In short, this means centralised distribution with a minimal support base on a local level. In the case of the UK.
This will translate into a small UK team of perhaps three people to handle direct Amiga tech support and other local services. This is in marked contrast to the Commodore approach, which at its height boasted around 50 Commodore personnel based in the UK.
However, it must be stressed that the vast majority were concerned with administration and management rather than direct support for the range - a factor which can be verified by anyone who looked for tech support in the old days.
Although a very different approach, concentration of resources has obviously paid off concerning Escom's aggressive pricing on their PC range, and almost certainly accounts for the massive reduction in the Amiga's new pricing policy.
A major concern of existing Amiga distributors was Escom's huge presence in the high street and the potential it offers to literally out-gun all comers when it came to distribution. Fortunately for the Amiga’s traditional box shifting and mail order community. Escom see Amiga distribution as a three-pronged attack.
The plan is to sell the machines through the usual computer retail out- | lets, brown goods chains, department stores and via mail order. To achieve ! This, Escom will balance their margins in i their own shops in order to leave a suitable margin for the rest. This will | implement a scatter gun approach. | taking a smaller margin per unit while maximising the spread of distribution and exposure.
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OlGrcum, the uiinged messenger Energis, electrifiiing communications m A Mercury is probabty the best-known and most successful of the alternative service providers. With their 0ne20ne service they are certainly encroaching on the market traditionally held by the likes of Cellnet and Vodafone, especially within the area bounded by the M25.
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IlgneH, the American inuasion begins Nvnex is an enormous company. With total liabilities and stockholders’ equity in excess of $ 30 billion, they have the financial clout to start a large cable company in the UK.
And that is just what they have done. Now one of the three largest cable companies in England. Nynex nas been continually expanding their operations to cover about one fifth of the 2.5 million homes and 150.000 businesses covered by its 17 franchise areas so far.
They have been criticised, as have the cable companies, for digging up the roads, uprooting trees and so on, and they feel so strongly about it. They send out a brochure to anyone who asks explaining how they go about laying their cable, and dig by hand if the trench needs to be dug near trees. Nynex also offers a subscription service called commUNITY which entitles subscribers to unlimited, free, off-peak calls.
CATCH 22 However, before you rush off to join up, there is a catch, or rather a brace of catches. Firstly, commUNITY is only available as part of a package including pay TV channels like Sky Movies Plus, and secondly, it only applies to commUNITY subscribers with the same STD betwe -n 7pm and 7am. Still, even with these restrictions. Nynex say that over one million calls have been made through this service, and that number can only increase as Nynex improve their coverage.
Unfortunately, it still means that unless you have a POP with the same STD code as yourself, you're going to have to pay for your dial-ups to the Internet. Nynex's Gemisys 2000 project might see cheaper NYNEX Internet access rates, however, but Nynex were keeping their cards fairly close to their chest and would only reveal that Internet access was just one of the facets of their new project.
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Rather than using underground cable trenches. Energis has taken advantage of their 7000km of overhead powei lines to carry the communicatione cables as well. In central London where there are obviously no pylons Energis is using London Underground's tunnels rather than digging up congested roads.
Energis' telephone network is one o the most advanced in Europe and is the first in the world to be based or Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) This Could be the first step towards The Energis control centre broadband broadcasting over a telecommunications network in this country. Energis provides business users with comprehensive telecoms management reports every month which detail not only calls made, bul also how fast your switchboard answered incoming calls and when the busiest penods of the day are for telephone use in your company. The total amount of information generated by these
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Energis told me that although they have the ideal sales outlet for telephone service in the regional electricity show- rocms. They weren’t planning on jumping straight in feet first. They also had no firm plans regarding Internet provision, either for business customers or residential.
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founders of Cyberspace, it is becoming more and more accessible to the average person on the street. And now, a new trend is catching on from the major cities to country towns, a trend that takes the usually solo pastime of computing and turns it into a sociable experience.
‘CyberBars’ or 'Cybercafes’ as they're known, provide Internet access for those without the necessary facilities or for those who want to turn surfing the 'net into a social event. Help is at hand for the newbies. And the experts can chat away about the best sites to peruse.
We take a look at a couple of options available which, although they share the same concept, are as different as chalk and cheese.
The latest way to enjoy the Internet is at one of the new TyberBars where you ran surf the Ujeb ouer a fappurcino.
Tina Harhett meets the rate society of the future Surf in the ritq Dry 201, Manchester Situated in Manchester’s busy city centre is the Dry 201. A thriving night-spot frequented by the young and fashionable, only the trendi- est lagers are on tap and loud pop music blares out from the speakers.
It’s the city's first CyberBar and behind the project is Granada TV presenter Anthony H Wilson, whose other ventures include Factory Records and the Hacienda nightclub, and Company Production Manager, John Drape- Wilson explains the inspiration behind it: “We were looking at multimedia development in Manchester and pondering what we could do with it. We explored a few ideas with Amidst tho hubbub ol Manchester Ilia you can find Dry 201, where you can pop in for a boor and a surf In CyborSpaco each which provides a greater opportunity interact with the other customers. They gone for a
deliberate contrast to Cyberia have approached it, where have the computers in a line with a chair each, which Drape and Wilson believe is formal, There are no books on how to a CyberBar. We've done it the way we is right’ concedes Drape. Although music is heard in the background and then is a distinctly relaxed atmosphere, The Peak Art CyberCafe is the brainchik of proprietors. John Scott and Eleanoi Chronnell and technical adviser. Damial Lewis. Only seven weeks into its opening it's already popular with the local populate and with those sight-seeing through tN picturesque town.
New Mills may seem like quite a strang choice for a CyberCafe but as Lewis is kea to point out: There are a large group of peo pie who work from home so it’s handy fa them, and you’ll find there are quite a lot technology-minded people who live her the Hacienda and then saw what they were doing with Cybena in London. We realised it would be perfect for Dry Bar."
“Dry Bar has never had pinball machines, fruit machines or computer games,’ Drape adds “It’s a great addition and in keeping with the bar's ethics."
They liken it to providing newspapers in bars. “It's today' offers Wilson, “It’s about enthusiasm and that is exactly what life is about.” Looking around the bar, any preconceived ideas of the Internet and the anorak are soon dispelled. “It's a much more open culture than we think and there is a good cross-section of interests’ confirms Drape. “It’s a social experience and we've tried to make the CyberBar element blend with the rest of it."
This also goes some way to explaining why the computer area is designed like it is. There is plenty of room around the machines and although there are only two Pcs at the moment, three chairs are available around Situated in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside is the sleepy town of New Mills.
Hardly renowned as a centre of new technology. It’s surprisingly forward thinking as far as the Internet goes. Walking along the main street, you come across the Peak Art CyberCaf6, and those unfamiliar with the trend would be forgiven for thinking this was simply a rather cosy-looking coffee shop. But take a closer look and you'll see that there’s more than just scones and jam on the menu. The Peak Art CyberCafd, although not that far from the Dry Bar geographically, is a million miles away in culture.
Towards the back of the cafe, you’ll find two computers all connected to the ‘net, and for a nominal fee you can surf away to your heart's content. Alternatively, those unaccustomed with the technology can enrol for a course of tuition. Brazilian [are Peah practise The Peak Art CyberCafe, New Mills in [ijberspacB CyfcerBar section (incidentally called Wet bar
- a cross between Web and Net!) Has only Mn open six weeks, it's
already proving very rcpular. Drape continues: “It started off
fairly fiOwty at first as there was some phobia sur- nxxxSng
rt. but now we're very busy - there
• ve even queues on Friday." And what do all
* ~ese people do on the net? "Well it's Manchester, so football
is very popular, •ootball and Music."
PREVALENT For those with more serious purposes in mind, studying via the ‘net is also a prevalent
- se staff are on hand to provide help and advice. "We've been
fairly laid back about how
• f train the bar staff. We've not sat them aown and said do that
this way. We've let explore for themselves because a lot is
jeif-teaching. We will base our training lessrons like this
Despite the Net becoming a much more rtunity to ley have to how sre they i chair at ve is too V tO bUild;.
We think
• ugh the It's a social w«(9 and uue'ue tried to make the 6 . ’ 1
«i glamorous pastime, it still attracts only a small number of
women, but with the introduction of CyberBars it looks likely
that far more women will become interested. Drape explains
their policy: “It’s difficult. Cyberia have been holding
Women-only classes but that's just 'right-on' feminism. I don’t
think this will encourage women - it's patronising. Likewise
we wouldn’t charge £2.50 for a lad and £2 for a girl. You have
to be sensitive on how you do this."
Inevitably, with all the hype surrounding The lively atmosphere of Dry 201 - the CyberBar element it in keeping with the bar s ethics cyberspace there is also a lot of speculation over its future. Wilson sees the Internet as being the new mail order: “People won't be downloading music. They'll be listening to a CD, decide they want it, order it and it'll arrive the next morning. That will be the revolution.” As to the future of CyberBars. Drape hopes to see more of them: “There's a generation who have missed out on the computer. Information Technology is a key thing and this generation
must be encouraged to pick it up quickly - hopefully through bars like this.” maneq matters Cruising the net at Dry Bar will cost you £2.50 per half hour, while Peak Art has three different price bands. Prices vary from £3 for the first ten minutes and 14 pence thereafter, with the concessionary rate of 10 pence for unwaged adults, OAPs, students, minors and small business owners in the first six months of trading. But corporate customers can expect to pay £5 for the first 10 minutes and 25 pence per minute thereafter.
And work in Stoke. Sheffield and Manchester. You get lots of scientists, architects and students. We also believe that people in cities already have computers and are bored with the technology."
As well as the CyberCate side, it also offers a showcase for local artists. A variety
* paintings cover the walls for customers to cuy, but a much
wider audience is hoped to reached via the Internet.
Chronnell. Scott and Lewis hope to set up a Virtual Gallery where potential buyers can axe a look at their ’gallery’, browse the work Oft screen and hopefully then buy. “We’re going for a more intema-
* -K?nal angle." States Chronnell. "The English artists Son’t get
much 'overage abroad and hopefully this
• •II help to change things." Through WebSpace they plan to have
a 3D. Walk-in gallery where the buyer can see everything in 3D
in a more realistic fashion.
And there brainchild I Eleanor ", Damian ; opening, population rough the a strange vis is keen
• up of peo- handy for lite a lot d live here Lewis is eager to
stress the advantages of coming to a CyberCafe: "It's very much
a social thing at the moment. We're getting a wide range of
people in, from the schooi kids to the academics. We see it as
taking the local community out into the global community."
They have also set up links with the local schools.
Ox Apart from popping in to browse such popular sights as the X-Files. Nirvana and Pulp Fiction, customers can ask for advice on buying equipment, getting connected and general system tips. They can also purchase equipment at a discount. Other facilities on offer are the use of business tools graphics, games and Fax.
New Mills is a popular tourist spot and as the tourist season hots up, sightseers will not be looking in the local A-Z for information, but on the computer, and Peak Art will provide the facilities for them to do this.
As most trends tend to disappear as quickly as they have appeared some may be sceptical about the future of a CyberCafe. But Lewis has a positive outlook: "They may be a fad now, but they will survive on their own merits. It’s our hope to have ten machines on site and a server for the high peak district to give locals more Internet access."
“It’s also our ambition to sell art worldwide on the ‘net and become the biggest art exhibitor in the world!" Chronnell concludes.
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could still do with some improvement Add to that another new option whichl enables you to assign your preferred] saver to the F10 key and you have a bination of new features which enhance the program's graphic mance, irrespective of the Cybergraphic support.
A good example of this is the assign the F10 option in conjunction an RTG board to produce a near 24-bit hotkey preview of your project.
On the paint application front the news keeps coming with the arrival new trans grad feature which into graduated transparencies. As a you’re free to apply paint using a cross-fades such as top to bottom, 34 Ualue added art With the massive array of features and new add-ons to the package. Almathera could quite easily quadruple the price of Photogenics and still have a strong case for a value for money award. Needless to say. That’s not the case. As a result. I feel the company deserves a spine-snapping slap on the back for their approach to Mr Mrs Average and the part both parties will need
to play in reviving the long-suffering Amiga market.
Not only can you get the complete package for less than £60. But any existing users can upgrade for a paltry £15.
All you have to do is return your existing manual * and you’ll receive Photogenics1.2 plus a much improved 150-page replacement manual.
In a world of shameless profiteering and software piracy, this is a major show of good faith for the Amiga community. I only hope Almathera's trust is justified. In other words, anyone who pirates this software deserves a slow and lingering death!
Mfttfi a massive arsenal of 99 assorted paint and image pretesting mode*, there's no compromise when It comes to creating power ince the initial launch of Almathera's artistic masterpiece, there's already been one revision to Photogenics with the release of version
1. 1. However. I think even its authors will agree this update
was more or less a fine tuning exercise.
Now, Almathera have hit the update trail once more, but this time we re talking about a major revision, rather than just minor tinkering. On the face of it there's little obvious change, but when you explore the mechanics of the software there are a whole host of improvements.
On the display front there are two major enhancements, the first being the arrival of true 24-bit painting via the new Cybergraphics retargetable graphics standard. As you'd expect, this only applies to people with RTG boards such as the Picasso II. Domino, GVP’s Spectrum, Retina Z3, Picolo and CyberVision64.
However, the problem is that I can't confirm the program's new found 24-bit performance because the necessary Cyber Targeting graphics drivers aren't commercially available as yet, although they should be shipping from Almathera by the time you read this article.
As you may know, there is a limited shareware version of the CyberGraphics system already available, but alas this doesn't support the higher resolutions that many RTG owners will demand from their systems. However, for the vast majority, a far more important graphics improvement is the arrival of a dithered 256 colour mode which will offer huge appeal to both AGA and RTG owners alike.
END RESULTS Admittedly, the aforementioned dithering is a relatively simply ordered variety, but nevertheless, the end result offers a massive advance on its predecessor, and indeed the existing Ham8 alternative.
Thanks to the dithering there’s no unpleasant, and sometimes misleading, fringing or stepping within gradients. And unlike the Ham8 preview option, the image is razor sharp, thereby providing a much more accurate impression of the 24- bit data it portrays.
Another big plus on the display department is an addition to the puii-downs which initiates system redraw routines, which when used in conjunction with an RTG offers a big improvement on the program’s already impressive screen update.
DropShadow Soft-edged drop shadow, a familiar commercial favourite knocked up in a couple of minutes ’Xjht. Density-filled rectangles and so on.
Better still the effect can be applied either the entire image or via any one of the existing fill tools, such as circles, ellipses, rectangular shapes and so on.
However, and perhaps best of all, the new feature adopts Photogenics' unique ability to apply effects or brush strokes as an image processing function. As a result, can use any one of the huge number of IP options to affect the image.
Therefore, if an IP effect is selected the gradient will produce a smooth cross fade
* 'om the existing image to that of the chosen IP option -
negative, pixelised, false cotour or whatever... Back to basics
For anyone unfamiliar with Photogenics all this talk of
user-programmable image pro* ieis«ng options, painting modes,
and transparency gradients may well be a tad confus- ng
Basically, it all boils down to the way in which Photogenics
actually works at a sys- vn level. Unlike every other Amiga
paint package. Photogenics does not perceive any ye'ence
between paint in the traditional sense and image processing
As a result, it’s just as easy to spray on a negative, pixelise or colourise as it is to apply normal paint. The same applies to all the painting tools. For example, a filled rectangle drawn onto an image in BasRelief will produce a weird negative effect applied specifically lo the selected area.
Another massively appealing aspect of the Photogenics' approach is that even though a tool has been applied, the actual style of effect or paint applied isn't necessarily a permanent feature. For example, you can spray on any effect you want and then click on all the available modes in turn, at which point the brush strokes will automatically update the mage with the new effect. And of course, if you’re unhappy with the strokes themselves, rou're still free to undo the entire thing and start from scratch.
True colour r In addition, you can also use the feature with effects like Rub-thru to produce a c-asic alpha fade between the primary and which I
• ferred a com- really I perfor- new Rni) questions Paul Hustin
ouersees the euolution uf Hlmathera'5 ground-freaking paint and
image processing sgstem secondary images. Aside from extra
pulldown options, the toolbar also boasts a new arrival in
the form of the Warper. In addition to offering the fairly self
explanatory ability to deform, or more accurately stretch,
pinch or bulge the image, you're also given the chance to
Like all other toolbar options, and indeed the vast majority of painting modes, a separate control requester is available for fine tuning and combining the warping options. As you can see. The end results are pretty impressive. Another major addition is the long-awaited arrival of a visual cropping system. In previous releases, the lack of an interactive ADPro-style crop option was a major omission. Fortunately, this has now been resolved with a fully WYSIWYG adjustable box and an associated numerical requester - which of course allows user input if absolute precision is necessary.
Aside from the obvious improvements on the paint and image processing front, the new release also boasts an impressive collection of new loaders and savers, notables including Tiff. PCX, Ham6.
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The Final analysis At the risk of being predictable.
Photogenics 1.2 is in general a stunning update to a package widely acclaimed as the ultimate combination of price and performance when it comes to Amiga art.
If you don’t necessarily want animation it stands head and shoulders above any other Amiga painting environment. The only exception being the awesome TVPaint 3.0. which works out roughly 13 times more expensive than Almathera s latest creation.
Given the overall price to performance ratio, any complaint inevitably smacks of nit-picking - however, there's still the odd point that needs some attention.
1 tO I vith of to Perhaps the. Most obvious idiosyncrasy of 1.2 relates to a rather curious aspect problem when running on a none Cybergraphic Picasso screen. Unfortunately, whenever a new image is loaded its preview almost inevitably defaults to double its actual height.
Obviously, the solution is to simply manually resize the image to roughly the correct aspect. However. I must admit it is annoying and, worst still, whenever you nide and then re-show the image it defaults back to the wrong aspect once more.
J The only other element I feel still needs some attention is the program's font handling. It's true that the new
• ound support for CompuGraphic fonts does offer a big mprovement
over the bitmap-only approach seen In previous versions.
However, the actual quality of the rendered text is still poor,
regardless of the type of font used to create it. Unless you’re
willing to go through a fairly lengthy scaling procedure, the
jaggies created on most fonts render them unusable for projects
that demand a quality look.
The only solution is to generate text roughly four times larger than you actually require and then apply smooth scaling to produce an anti-aliased string of text of the appropriate size. Obviously creating strings of text in 300 or 400 point, and scaling as required, does take time, and worst still could stretch the available RAM on smaller systems.
9 8 As you can see. Reasonable results are possible, but it does seem a shame that this otherwise faultless package can’t easily produce the text quality that most people consider a pre-requisrte for commercial paint packages.
The bottom line Product: Photogenics 1.2 Supplier Almathera Ltd Tel: 0181-667 0040 Price: £59.95 Ease of use Implementation.
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So, let's take a quick look at just how cool MUI is with a short tutorial. We will be using a MUI program called Findlt for the examples, so make sure you have already extracted the program from our CoverDisk - you will find it in the MUI-Apps drawer. For details on extracting the program, see the CoverDisk pages in this month's issue. Findlt is a file finding program which helps you track down a file's location quickly.
Of course, you will also need to have MUI actually installed on your Amiga, so if you didn't buy a copy of the July issue (why not?)
See the back issues page for details on how to order. If you did buy the July issue then you're probably using MUI right now and know just how good it is. If you haven’t already installed it. Do it now - you don’t know what you're missing.
By the way, something which wasn't mentioned about MUI in the July disk pages is that there are a few MUI presets already set itmg uaily )lour ¦A
9. 95
9. 95 raphical user interfaces (GUIs), cycle gadgets, radio
buttons, pop-up menus. These are just a few of the
* ochie terms which exist in every Amiga programmer's vocabulary.
Together they descnbe the many graphical objects which are the backbone behind the 'wson why Workbench and nearly all Amiga applications look the way they do.
Even as a beginner, most Amiga owners toon find themselves working with menus,
• inflows, buttons and other exotic screen elements which make
navigating your way fhfOugh programs so easy and intuitive. In
tne dark days of computing, nearly all com- p-Jters had you
typing in cryptic and difficult to remember commands in order
to find your way around.
Some of you may well remember the days
* t*n a menu used to be a numbered list displayed on screen
from which you pressed the appropriate number key to choose the
• em. Don’t get me wrong, command entry at the keyboard is still
an important and powerful method of communicating with your
Amiga, that's why even the latest Workbench versions still
contain the good old command
* ne interface (CLI) utility.
EASY LIFE But for sheer visual elegance, ease of use and general friendliness, life would be unbearable without GUIs. However, a problem exists in that many of the tools used in creating GUIs for the Amiga are very inflexible and use built-in fonts and static window sizes which cannot adapt to the higher resolutions attainable nowadays.
MUI solves these shortcomings by providing tools and libraries which give the Amiga programmer a highly versatile and resolution- independent graphic interface system. The really neat thing about MUI applications, however, is that the user of the application can change the look and feel of the application's GUI to suit their personal preferences as well as their screen modes.
These changes are made using the MUI Prefs utility which lets you change practically every graphic element that comprises a GUI.
Don't worry though, there are no programming skills required, just simple selections and alterations. For example, you can Choose which fonts are to be used, you can alter the thickness of borders, change the For all you programmer types out their who are keen to produce your own MUI programs, you will be glad to hear that MUIBuilder is available.
MUIBuilder is a tool for creating user interfaces It's very easy to use and very powerful, and can produce source code for many popular programming languages such as C and Modula 2.
MUIBuilder is one tool all budding MUI coders shouldn't be without. It’s available from all good PD libraries who stock the Aminet CD-ROMs or, if you have access to the Internet, you can find MUIBuilder and many more MUI related programs and files on the ftp site at ftp: src.doc.ic.ac.uk aminet. Building blach Ijlagit User Interface brings a much needed facelift tn dmiga applications. Oarren fuans chechs out some of the features of this great program uihich mas giuen amag free tuith the June issue of dmiga fomputing up and available from the MUI Prefs menu bar. Simply choose
Presets from the Edit menu and select any of the three choices waiting for you there. The two XEN presets are particularly good.
Changing the way your MUI programs look and feel is done via the MUI Prefs editor, which you should find in the drawer created when you installed MUI, and there are two ways to make changes - globally or application specific.
Any changes made globally will be apparent in all MUI applications executed after the changes are saved. Application specific means that any changes made will only be apparent in the chosen application. Choosing between global or application specific change modes is done via a pop-up menu located at the top of the MUI Prefs screen, which defaults to global mode. To choose a specific magic Amiga Computing SOFTWARE
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right of the application display box and a pop-up list will
appear showing the names of any MUI programs which have been
detected, MUI automatically keeps track of previously loaded
MUI programs and adds them to this list. Clever or what?
So, armed with the knowledge that you can make global changes and application specific changes, you can start to customise your MUI setups.
You will notice that just below the MUI application pop-up bar is a row of six tabs.
These are the various menus which contain all the different aspects of MUI interfaces you can edit. The first of these. Fonts, allows you to choose which fonts are to be used for such things as lists, title bars and other text objects within MUI interfaces.
Frames is particularly good as it allows you to change the way buttons and text boxes are displayed Here you can give buttons and text fields a smart 3D look.
Lists are boxes which have those dinky slider bars and buttons that allow you to merrily scroll your way around the list contents. Here, you can change such things as the amount of space between list items, whether the list contents scroll pixel by pixel in an ultra smooth manner, or whether they scroll a character at a time, which looks more jerky. You can also change the position of the slider buttons, among other things.
The Images menu allows you to change many things including the way scroll arrows, radio buttons and slider knobs look.
In fact, a MUI programmer doesn't specify any image data regarding how such objects should look, he simply says, ‘this is a slider button so show whatever image is assigned "3J | I »"» I lot I 3 urv+a fvl • I il ms* ja '**' ¦ -I r rvdtft I CrsOMwt ? I C YOB "Or J toMhjnen j_| cmaiwiiti O!
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Changing buttons and slidors is easy.
Mara, tha scrollbar and eye la gadgats ara gatting a makaovar Other cool changes can be made such as having an image as the backdrop for the background colour of a pop-up menu or list. I currently have my pop-up menus appear with a dark marble texture image which is much better than a boring white background.
COLOURFUL The Pens menu specifies what colours are used when drawing user interfaces. For instance, you will probably agree that the default MUI 'look' is almost of a brushed metal design. This is because the pen colours are specially designed to give this effect. You could, for example, change the colours to give a more gold metal look to the interface by using various yellows and light browns. A little experimentation is needed but you soon get the hang of it, and the changes can be quite dramatic.
System lets you change such things as how the Amiga re-draws the user interface in the event of, say, re-sizing a window, allows you to specify what public screen to use. And also what keys to assign to keyboard shortcuts for user interface commands.
Remember, any changes made in these menus does not take effect until you either save the changes or click on the Test button. Saving the changes immediately quits MUI Prefs, saving all information to a configuration file.
If you just want to test how the changes will affect the user interface without making them permanent, you can click on the Test button. This will immediately re-draw all MUI user interfaces which happen to be active at the time (including MUI Prefs interface) if in global mode.
If you are changing only a specific application, the application should be memory resident at the time or you will get the message Application (whatever) is not running.’ If, however, the relevant program is running, its interface will be brought to the front of any obscuring windows with the updated changes temporarily in effect. If you like what you see. You must then click on Save to make the changes permanent.
You will probably use the test button quite often to fine tune your changes until you get them just how you want them.
So let’s see how easy it is to tailor the way your MUI programs will look. It's all very painless and you don’t need to be a techie. You will need to run the Findlt program first and then run the MUI Prefs program. Once both are up and running.
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MUI-Menu solves the problem by allowing you to create a list of your favourite programs which are assigned to a button. Each button is also given a keyboard shortcut so you can run them by simply pressing a key.
Ro - want a file manager program to keep your files and directories in order? Ro may just be what you're looking for. Similar in design to Directory Opus, but with the much more efficient and versatile MUI interface system.
BackMan - as a hard drive owner, you probably already own a disk backup utility. BackMan is a feature-packed MUI version which Will help keep your hard disk and its contents safe and sound.
There are some great MUI programs available now. With more and more appearing all the time - here are just a few of them. We also included some MUI programs along with MUI itself on the July CoverDisks, so if you missed out check the back issues page.
I programs Amiga Computing entation ii Mpositoon or re-size the windows so you ng of it, art cur see both clearly, tic. You can see, the Findlt window con- h things ai ***' of a list on the left showing all the er mterfaa •*«ees and volume names. Three cycle a window **nu buttons allow you to define the h parameters and a single button assign ta r*r*ed Hunt activates the search. All these interface are drawn by MUI and, unlike stan- Amiga GUIs, they are totally resolution dependent, ie in thesi you eithe b Test but iately quits ation to e e changet But makinj in the Tes e-draw al pen to bi dUI
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• Vantage of high resolutions.
MAGNIFICATION Re-Size it back to normal so you can see MUI Prefs window and let's do some- r*n9 about the rather drab colour of the Fnflt window background. First of all, let's sure we only make this change affect
• ta Findlt program. At the top of the MUI window, click on the
magnifying glass eon to bring up a list of currently recog- MUI
programs. From this list, select FwxJIt by double-clicking on
it. Now. Any etianges made with MUI Prefs will only show up in
the Findlt user interface.
We will use an image from the Findlt window background and to do this we need to go to the Images menu. Click on the tab marked Images and you should now see Wm various controls for the Image menu.
Move the mouse pointer to the scroll bar on f* left and drag it down until you find the fr'rtry BG Window'. This entry shows what the currently assigned image is for the Fvxlit window background. Select this entry tailor the
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This ability to change the look and feel of Amiga applications
requires that the application uses the MUI libraries. There
will be no changes whatsoever to standard Amiga programs.
There are hundreds of MUI programs available with more and more appearing every day. Such is the popularity of MUI. In fact, you will find a comprehensive list of MUI-spedfic applications as a text file on this month's CoverDisk in the MUI_Apps drawer cleverly titled MulProgList, which was compiled by our very own Ben Vost from the Aminet index file. Simply load it into your favourite text editor browser or print it out.
If you are looking for the latest MUI applications, Aminet is probably the best place to look. Those of you with a modem and access to the Internet can check out the Aminet FTP site at address ftp: src.dOC.ic.ac.uk aminet. If you don't own a modem, you can get hold of the latest Aminet CD-ROMs available from most good PD libraries.
By clicking on it with the mouse. Now we have the entry selected for change, we need to choose a colour from the Raster selection under the cycle gadget. Find a colour you like and double-click on it. You should see that the BG Window entry in the other list window has changed to your selection.
To test how this looks in the Findlt window, click on the Test button and the colour will be assigned and displayed. If it doesn't look right, simply choose another colour and click on Test again. When you find one you like, you will have to click on the Save button to make it permanent but remember, do all your other changes first because clicking on save will also quit MUI Prefs.
Things are even better for owners of Workbench 3.0 or above. With the Tooltypes feature in version 3.0, it’s possible to use actual pictures for backgrounds You could then draw your own back* grounds and use those instead of merely changing the colour.
Well, that's the background taken care of. Let's see what else we can do to spruce up the Findlt interface. Those cycle gadgets to the right of the Name, Date and Size buttons could do with a makeover.
As mentioned earlier, MUI programmers don't specify how gadgets will look, they simply give information on where and what type of gadget should be at a particular position in the interface. The image for the gadget can be changed by the user.
While we are still in the Images menu, move the mouse to the scrollbar for the right list view and move it all the way to the top. You are looking for the current image for cycle gadgets, which is appropriately titled Cycle. Highlight the entry and you will find that the list view on the right will change to show which image is currently active. You should also notice that the cycle gadget above the right-hand list view has also changed to Brush.
ENTRY FORMAT All the entries in the window are in standard ILBM brush format which means you can create your own with an art program.
As you scroll through the right-hand list view, you will also notice that some entries are printed in white text and have a small triangle to the left of them. These signify brush groups and clicking on the triangle will open up the group and display the various brushes within it.
Let's change the current cycle gadget brush to a better one. My favourite collection of brushes is found in the WD_New_11pt group. Move the scroll bar until you find this group and click on the triangle to open it, Locate the cycle gadget brush under this group and double-click it. You should see the cycle gadget brush in the left list view changes to the new one. Clicking on the Test button will allow you to see how this new brush looks in the Findlt window.
If it's not to your taste, you can browse through the other brush groups to familiarise yourself with the brushes currently on offer.
While you’re there, you can even change the way the scroll bar arrows look.
One thing to remember is that when you select a new brush to change in the left list view, the right list view will automatically change to display the group within which the currently assigned brush can be found, so you will have to constantly re-locate the group with the brushes you want to use every time you select one you want to change.
The MUI Prefs utility has many more features to make your MUI interfaces look ultra-cool, so experiment a little. Take a look at the MUI AmigaGuide file in your MUI drawer too. This has more detailed information on all the features available.
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ST4 2RS. ENGLAND GRAPHICS Il mageFX has been around for a while now. People have previously regarded it as a poor cousin to AdPro. It's added painting features too slow to be usable, it’s morphing package not really being up to scratch. Oh no, if it’s image processing you want, you'll need AdPro, Morph Plus and ProControl. And a 24-bit paint package. And a graphics card to take advantage of the paint package. And lots of cash.
»o Image is Maybe you really ought to look at ImageFX. It s really good, honest, and now that ASDG (now known as knicker elastic, or something Similar) have been lured by the bright lights of the PC, Mac and SGI worlds, it’s really the only alternative apart from the still flaky ImageMaster.
That's not to say it isn’t any good. I hardly ever use AdPro any more. ImageFX has certainly shot into the lead and no mistake.
Anybody who has been lucky enough to have been able to get their hands on a Cybervision graphics card, or has registered the CyberGraphics software for their graphics card, should be especially pleased now that ImageFX supports the new 15, 16 and 24-bit intuition screens created by Cybergraphics.
That's right, you can now have a high resolution 24-bit Workbench which ImageFX will take advantage of.
Since I currently only have the unregistered version of the Cybergraphics lllhat U5Q is HdPro now?
ImageFX might have taken over from AdPro as my image processing tool of choice, but there are still some things AdPro does better. One is cropping. With ImageFX you are limited to your preview screen, while AdPro puts the Crop Visual tool (and the scan tool and any other that requires high precision) on its own high resolution screen.
Even with the new Workbench preview modes in ImageFX. The resolution sometimes isn’t high enough to get the accuracy you require.
Another thing AdPro seems to be better at is scaling images, I’ve noticed that the quality of scaled images appears to be higher when run through AdPro’s tools rather than ImageFX's. It's only a small difference and I may be being picky, but if your image is to appear in print, that most unforgiving of media, then scaling accuracy is a must.
Software, I can only tell you about running ImageFX on a 640x480 16-bit screen, but even with these restrictions.
ImageFX runs like a track star.
Unfortunately, you still don't get the full benefit, because ImageFX only gives you a preview until you let go of the mouse and let it redraw the screen with the changes you’ve made.
This is still a vast improvement over the old 16 colour dithered preview and saves you from having to perform numerous undo and redo operations to get your operation right.
Still on the subject of graphics cards, versions of ImageFX prior to 2 were a bit of a pain because of the overlaid screen method ImageFX used. Version 2 added the ability to use ImageFX on a Workbench screen with a preview window in addition to the normal toolbar. This, of course, meant that if you wanted to get the best quality out of the preview you would have to run your Workbench in as many colours as possible - 16 or 256 for AG A or RTG machines.
Nova Design have taken the next logical step with v2.1 by adding the ability to open a public screen for ImageFX to use. Thereby freeing Workbench from having to run in an undesirable number of colours.
IFX now also supports more filetypes for loading and saving than AdPro - even with the Professional Conversion Pack - including some really obscure ones like FITS, and still supports GIF loading and saving, notwithstanding the Compuserve Unisys conflict over licensing fees. More importantly, ImageFX now comes with a much better batch processing tool, called AutoFX, allowing you to manipulate sequences of images to create animations in Mpeg or ANIM format.
ImageFX's manual is a vast improvement over the AdPro one too. It contains numer- I ous examples, illustrations and tutorials, I although the quality of the images does leave a little to be desired. Perhaps the next purchase Nova Design should make ought to be a better quality printer.
My only real concern is that, like most manuals these days, the ImageFX manual is a perfect bound beast - that's to say all its pages are glued on to a spine. This means you can't lay it out flat on its back without severely creasing the spine of this hefty tome. Bring back ring binders, I say.
TIME WASTING PaintFX is a really good way of wasting the best part of a day in ImageFX. You can spend literally hours testing a paint effect on your picture, using the invaluable undo function and just trying a different style.
Some of the effects can provide an excellent shortcut to producing abstract backdrops With no hint of their origins, with swirls of paint strokes, molecular chains, and hair playing a large role in the production of a wacky backdrop.
ImageFX 2 also adds a lightning facility, giving you the opportunity to artificially mood a peaceful night time scene with the addition Picture perfect The process by which the example image was reached may be of interest to readers, so here it is step by Step the operation which can be a plain colour, or the swap buffer. I chose to have the operation take place over the original sample image for added interest.
3. Once I had done this and saved the result. I loaded a second
picture by Tobias Richter and spent some minutes cutting a
brush of the lead spaceship from it to paste into our
composite picture. Instead of simply pasting it down. I used
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Overall__ of a bloody great thunderbolt. All the new PaintFX tools, as well as some of the more familiar ones, use a previewing system to aiiow you to have at least a vague idea of wbat is going to happen to your image.
However, while the new operators with fwtr previews are very nice, it is hard work to have to create new lightning, lens flares and other effects inside a 64 x 40 pixel thumbnail.
Perhaps in future versions. Nova Design rrxght consider putting the tools directty onto the preview window.
With all these new tools and facilities, nduding the Amiga's only simple solution to creating Mpeg animations, ImageFX should win a lot of converts from the AdPro Morph Pius stable. It will take AdPro users a lot of rime getting used to the new interface
• Cybergraphics support for 15.16 and 24-bit preview screens.
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ImageFX added the following new features in v2.0: ImageFX presents them, but the effort is worthwhile and made a lot simpler with the presence of the numerous tutorials in the manual and the AmigaGuide-based on-line, context-sensitive help.
If people like Amblimation could find a use for ImageFX back in version 1.5, they should be even more impressed by the current version and the added features it contains.
As for me. Well. I can finally say that I am really happy to use ImageFX.
Previous versions have frustrated me (and probably every other graphics card owner) with their crude preview display that meant 24-bit painting was not really something you could do.
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Nk times. After all. Why not put the redo function on the same button as the undo? But now.
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100336,1245 Hlternatiue (D praise I just wanted to write into
your magazine and say what a good job Gareth Lofthouse is doing
reviewing the current flood of CD-ROM titles for the Amiga.
After buying my Squirrel and CD-ROM drive I made a few mistakes when it came to buying software to work on my machine, but now I wait patiently every month for Gareth's sage advice.
Bnan Fentle, Hove This letter is such a refreshing change. Mr. Fentle gets the Star Letter for not even mentioning the covermounted CD-ROM. Even as I type, Gareth is sitting at his desk preening. Soon his head won't fit through the doors of our office and he'll have to stay here 24 hours a day reviewing Cds.
Would be very happy if you continued to appeal to both mediums. Thankyou once again.
Medium, or large?
I just had to write and thank you for the excellent CD-ROM on the front of your magazine. However, even though I have an A12QQ with CD-ROM I would not like you to concentrate on one medium only.
There are countless youngsters with an Amiga who are unable to afford the asking price of a CD-ROM drive, so I P W Morey, Sidcup Have no fear Mr. Morey, Amiga Computing will be continuing to support floppy disk users. However, we will continue to bring you the best cover-mounted material whatever the format, so keep reading.
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It’s not often I see an Amiga mag with a CD around here (in fact it's the first time), so when I saw the May issue of Amiga Computing I just had to buy it. Especially as rt had many files which are not Amiga specific. Let's face it, as a PC user there's not much I can do with Amiga programs, but on the other hand some Adobe fonts are always a useful addition to OS 2, and so is a lot of other stuff on the disc.
I was also pleasantly surprised to find PC utilities on the disc. While I find it strange that the picture utilities could display everything but Jpeg and HAM images, the MOD player utility was nice, even though it didn't work under OS 2.
Anyway, it’s a really nice CD and a good excuse to buy an Amiga mag. I hope you'll have more of these useful Cds in the future.
Teler@cs.huji.ac.il I'm glad you liked the CD. By the way. As I'm pretty sure you won't be reading this because we don't have a cover-mounted CD this issue, I would just like to say that as far as I understand it, OS 2 would appear to mean an operating system divided by two. Or half an OS. How does it feel to have to pay extra to get a multitasking operating system, especially as it doesn't work with anything?
I have been a reader of Amiga Computing for many years now and have had nothing but praise for your journal. What I don't understand, after having read the latest issue, 87. Which filled me in on the demise of Commodore and tells me that the most successful model produced was the A500, is why, oh why do your CoverDisks contain less and less usable software for the most popular Amigas ever sold.
Like me. I am sure there are many A500 and A500+ users that have upgraded their machines, at a great expense, yet how are we now being treated?
Last month’s issue included a CD that is unusable by an upgraded A500. This month's issue a floppy for A12Q0 only and a floppy that requires the Lightwave program - not an inexpensive bit of software. What are we to be treated to next issue? I realise that the Vet more ID praise I am writing to congratulate you on the latest edition of Amiga Computing. I always consider it to be the best of the Amiga [0-m delights, lightuiaue complaints and proof that euen Ft owners read Mm Computing magazines. I have just purchased a Power CD-ROM which uses Squirrel SCSI interface and was feeling a bit
lost with not much to try out on it.
I had a disk from CD32 Gamer but had to use the CLI to get at most of the available software - there is some I don’t think I can get at all. So I was beginning to wonder if I would have been better buying a modem, when along came your May edition with a CD-ROM freebie. All great stuff and I haven't looked at half of it yet.
If this is the future the prospects are good. I appreciate that you will not be able to provide so many goodies every month, but please more Cds in the future. Well done!
D F Nunn. West Sussex Illoan Coo! I don't think I can make another original reply to yet another letter praising our CD covermount. I’m glad you like it.
Escom worries I have been following the Commodore liquidation process quite carefully and having recently read the latest Amiga Report.
A1200, with its wonderful AGA chip, is probably going to be the saviour of the new owners of Commodore and that you must look after your potential market, but please don’t forget the army of faithful A500 users who have also been faithful readers of your magazine, M Bates. Hatfield Dear Mr Bates, I understand your concern, but It has to be said that the computer business is one of the fastest-moving in the history of industry.
We have already pretty much Stopped supporting users that still have Workbench 1.3 machines and while we have no intention of dropping support for ECS-based machines, you do need to realise that A500 owners are eventually going to be left completely behind. Today s machines overshadow the A500 and we, as a magazine, always want to be looking forward, not back, to the dim and distant past.
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whether Escom is going to provide a good service for existing
Amiga users.
It would appear that they are very keen to bring back old workhorses like the C64 and A600, along with brand new machines. But how about us A1200 owners? Are we going to get left behind in this sudden rush to new technology, or will Escom continue to support us?
As a subscriber. I really like the fact that you printed a general survey recently and the games survey in this month’s issue. It makes me feel as if I have some sort of influence over the way the magazine looks and reads, which can only be good for the mag in the long run.
Kevin Anderson, Nonhwich Dear Kevin, your concerns over the future of the Amiga are echoed by a great number of people, both end*users and developers alike. Eseom's main objective is to get machines back into the shops as soon as possible and with the Amiga 1200 arguably being Commodore's best-ever Amiga, I'm positive you won't need to worry about continued support from Escom, As yours is the first of the games surveys to come in, we re going to send you something nice from the games cupboard, just for being the first of many. Surveys are certainly one of the ways you can influence how
Amiga Computing looks, another is to send us large bundles Of cash in plain envelopes along with your requests, but so far nobody has taken us up on that method.
Safe sheep seek super suftiuare Would it be possible to have Amiga Computing maintain some sort of file section where one could download the PD software mentioned in your magazine? I do enjoy reading your magazine and often come across some interesting PD programs reviewed that are not available on Aminet. It would make life a heck of a lot easier for those of us not in the UK.
Philip McDunnough, LakeHaven. (Where sheep may safely graze...) philip @ utstat. Toronto. Edu Not a bad idea at that. It’ll take some working out, but expect to see a selection of the more popular PD reviewed to appear on our home page.
LightlUaue, lightlllauE, more lighttlJaue!
I have read your Magazine for over five years now and find it interesting and informative. However. I have noticed a worrying ailment lately: Lightwave fever. I know that LightWave is a very exciting product which does push the Amiga into professional circles, but the average reader does not have the money or hardware to run such a program. Your latest cover disk can only be of use to those with the memory (about 12Mb recommended I believe) and fast enough CPU to run LightWave. Never mind the £400 to buy the program.
Please do, in future, keep us informed about this part of the Amiga scene, but it can only put your readers off when one coverdisk can only be used by about 1 per cent of them. Keep up the good work and please make sure you badger Escom to make the right decisions for the Amiga's future, Stuart Marsden smarsden@cs.strath.ac.uk A bad month for the coverdisk, then.
It’s so true that you can’t please all the people all the time, so what should we Wonders of the llleb Your website is much better than Amiga Format’s (I thank you) Dan Wan dward@bournemouth.ac.uk Of course it is. And anybody wishing to have a butchers at our site should point their browsers at: http: www.demon.co.uk amigacomp.html Stuck in the ice I am the proud owner of a CD32 machine which I bought in January of this year. One of the games I bought for it is Deep Core by International Computer Entertainment Ltd in Gloucestershire.
I have enjoyed many weeks playing Deep Core and successfully reached level three. To do this you have to find an elevator key which gives you entry to the lifts at the end of each level.
Imagine my surprise when, at the end of level three, key in hand so to speak, I enter the lift and... nothing happens! I can* not get out of the lift and the display does not change. I have done this several times and each time got ‘stuck in the lift.’ I wrote to ICE enclosing a stamp for reply asking if the CD was faulty, had it happened before, etc? I received no reply. Several weeks later I wrote again
- still no reply.
I am therefore writing to you for help:
1. Have you or your readers ever had this problem?
2. Is my CD faulty?
3. Do ICE still exist - are they still trading?
4. Have I written to their correct address?
5. If I have, why don't they answer?
On a separate matter, thank you for the CD on your May issue. I have my CD32 hooked up to my A500 and appreciate the software on the CD.
I am loath to change my A500 having got a large collection of ‘serious software' and would like to read any articles in your magazine about how to actually get the software from CD32 to A500.
There is little guidance when you buy the Cds, so an article would be nice.
G A Course, Dorset I'm really pleased we’ve had such a good response from the CD cover- mount. As for your problems with ICE and DeepCore, we spoke to Stuart Bell at ICE and he assures us that there are no bugs in Deep Core.
He said that if you have a particular problem with a game then you can send it back to them and they will replace it completely free of charge.
Lastly, have a look at the Making the Connection feature in this very issue to find out a bit more about joining two machines together.
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outstanding disk magazine Public Sector has received for some
while. The whole thing starts with a decent intro Which, as the
authors are keen to point out. Is all the more impressive for
being totally written in Amos Basic.
From the main menu, articles are on offer c6vering a whole range of topics.
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couple of weeks out of date now, but It seems 28 has yet to
come up Daue (usich opens the cheap and cheerful chest once
more and grunts approuinglg at the contents utside the weather
is fine, but time and tide and P Public Sector deadlines wait
for no man. Once more I find myself hunched over a hot keyboard
humming Boo Radleys' tunes and sifting my way through the PD
pile Some nights I wake up in a cold sweat, shuddering after
suffenng through a terrifying nightmare- In it I am sitting
at my Amiga with a pile of jiffy bags. I select a particularly
inviting bag and tear it open, eagerly anticipating a
stormingly original piece of high quality software. But the
disk label says ‘Lottery Predictor.' The more cunning sector
Programmed by: Ali Prior Available from: Ali Prior Pro lottErq
1.1 Lottery Predictor authors have obviously finally realised
that many innocent PD reviewers are in a state of despair. In
an effort to avoid being responsible for possible suicide
cases, they are now resorting to more subtle methods of
presenting their labours of love. The two disks inside this
particular jiffy bag were cryptically marked only with a giant
question mark.
Unfortunately, the concern for my welfare stopped there, and I was lucky to avoid being blinded by the fluorescent orange disk labels and the accompanying luminous yellow letter.
Still, as the introduction (which takes up the entire first disk of the review copy) is keen to point out. This predictor is slightly different from the rest. For a start, it features the same attractive presentation as Mr Prior's previous offering 'Pro Gamble.'
But most usefully, it is capable of producing lists of numbers for syndicates, covering as many likely winning balls as possible.
The whole package has an air of professionalism about it, although as with all such programs, it is difficult to know how effective Pro Lottery is without using it over a long period of time. Before making the decision about whether to purchase the registered shareware version of the program or not, you might, therefore, like to try out the free demonstration version. This can be obtained from the author by sending a blank disk and an SAE.
Raytracing is a popular pastime among members of the Amiga community but the main problem, with getting into this area, is the prohibitively high cost of software.
Accelerator cards and floating point units cost enough, but then there’s the expense of buying top quality software packages like Lightwave and imagine 3.
Users of the latter package could, therefore, be very interested in this release from the creators of ImageStudio. TextureStudio is capable of loading Imagine 3 format texture modules, which can then be modified and mapped onto planes, cylinders or spheres and rendered to a preview Programmed by: Graham and Andy Dean Available from: Graham and Andy Dean iBHturBStudio 1.0.2 Amiga Computing enjoyable experience. If you’re after an interesting and frequently amusing read and you don’t mind the occasional bit of bad language, The Word could well be worth a look.
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Jump 'Em Programmed by: A. Cashmore Available from: OnLine PD This is a 10-level demo of a cracking 40- level puzzle game. It’s got everything - cheesy, chirpy music, cute and attractive graphics and gameplay that will have you tearing out your hair. The objective on
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Good looks, alright to listen to, good to pass a bit of time
with... it's not Andy Maddock, so it must be Jump ‘Em two
numbers and then hit a button and every number in the entire
worksheet will be recalculated accordingly.
EasyCalc lives up to its name, making full use of a Workbench 2 interface and providing on-line AmigaGuide help for those perplexed by the striking array of features. It can produce graphs which can be saved out as IFF picture files, it fully supports Arexx.
And is highly configurable. If you’re fed up with scribbling figures on scraps of paper, EasyCalc is the perfect answer, If nr ir trim tt* *i Iwt m*t m | rate! 1k tifutoa _Jk»k*rt»rcrrf1tkt»*k I fit ana Ik trek, Kmmu it tk Irm tm 1* st» KM: I If Highwayman - lots of 'Mo motorcycles on root racks’Joke* will inevitably abound EasgEak 2 Programmed by: Andrew Woods Available from: KEW=II Software Disk No. A1103 Exciting they may not be. But Spreadsheets are extremely useful programs to own. The most obvious jse for them is for organising your accounts, but every- thing from league tables to
statistical surveys can benefit from the use of one. EasyCalc 2 is perhaps the most intuitive I have come across, and although the full shareware version costs £20. This trimmed down demonstration version is almost fully functional, allow- ng you to get a very good idea of what to expect from the full version.
While spreadsheets can sometimes be a little slow to set up, once in operation they can make tedious tasks like budgeting so much easier. Once a few numbers have been keyed in. Almost every conceivable mathematical operation can be performed on them, from simply adding to logging or square rooting. Change one or screen. The principle benefit of this is that texture characteristics can be altered without the need to raytrace an entire image every time. Textures can also be saved to disk as 24-bit images in IFF24. Jpeg or Targa format for loading into other ixograms.
All of the program's main functions can be accessed from floating windows, and tne attractive Workbench 2 interface makes jetting to ghps with the powerful functions on offer a painless affair. The program
• squires an FPU which it makes full use of.
Containing optimised code for 68881 and 68882 units.
There is a commercial alternative, Forge, Ahieh comes bundled with a ready-made texture collection Essence but has a fairly efty price tag though. In comparison, the £10 registration fee for TextureStudio eems pretty attractive.
There are even several strange lists such » 13 Movies with Armadillos in them' and 10 rivals of the Teenage Mutant Ninja fumes’ (of which ‘Pre-pubescent Irradiated Jujitsu Wildebeast' is among the top peks).
The articles are generally quite short but tnere are plenty to choose from. The proyam helpfully ticks the articles you have . Ewed so you don't end up accidentally
* eading the same one twice. While there quite a few spelling
mistakes knocking iOout. The Word is certainly less guilty in
area than many disk mags.
When reading The Word, it is easy to «e that a good time has been spent on r'esentation and feel. Articles are wntten in tractive and readable fonts, and are over- «fona neat smoothly-scrolling backdrop.
The whole interface is charmingly straight- ‘orward and using the program really is an UTILITY of the month Glonj bon We want to hear from you if you have any program, whatever its purpose, which you consider worthy of review. Whether it will be freely distributable public domain, shareware or licenceware, if you feel it’s of sufficient quality to merit coverage then stick it in a jiffy bag or padded envelope and send it in with all haste. I promise I’ll at least look at your work. Please clearly label the disk, and include a cover letter supplying a description of the disk contents, price
and some basic instructions.
The address to send the disks to is: Dave Cusick PD submissions Amiga Computing Media House Adlington Park Macclesfield SK10 4NP each level is to reach the exit, clearing the screen of tiles along the way. This is achieved by walking on the tiles causing them to fall away into space below. Some tiles must be walked across two or three times before they disappear. On later levels there are also teleportation tiles to make things that little bit more tricky. If you get stuck, you have three emergency bndges at your disposal - but once these have been used, stepping where there are no tiles
results in the loss of a life.
The game features a password feature, which I can see proving very useful on later levels. Considering the full game costs just a fiver and includes extra features such as two new sub-games and an end-of-game sequence. Jump 'Em comes highly recommended and is sure to provide hours of brainbending amusement.
Highuiapan Programmed by: Dave Kirk Available from: Saddle Tramps PD Disk No, E88 I’d guess that driving tests would come somewhere between job interviews and moving house in the stress-inducing top ten. While Highwayman won't sort out substandard signalling or pitifully poor parking, it should certainly be of assistance to those ?
Amiga Computing PD and SHAREWARE SplatterPaint Programmed by: Pete W Storonskij Available from: Roberta Smith DTP Disk No. CU107 I suspect SplatterPaint is aimed at younger Amiga users but that does not stop it being an immensely entertaining program for children of all ages. That it has much in common with the grandfather of paint programs. Dpaint, is not especially surprising - practically every ad package dees, However, SplatterPaint has a special twist - it has a selection of messy drawing tools that are the Amiga equivalent of those reception class aprons-on slopfests.
Big coloured polygons can be slapped onto pictures with a couple of clicks, and flower shapes are equally easily applied. But the real fun begins when you select the Spraycan. Scrawl some barely legible letters across the screen and they will drip and splatter as if being sprayed on a wall. Adjust the nozzle size and shape and then have another crack - it's great fun and is sure to keep little fingers happily mouse clicking for hours at a time.
SplatterPaint can also be used for more serious artwork. All the normal drawing tools such as dotted and continuous freehand lines, rectangles, circles and area functional enough, so it can't be that.
Admittedly, sometimes it can be easy to forget to alter the shot direction because the program only does this automatically when you are standing on the tee, but to be fair this is only a problem because I am used to the slightly different control systems of other golf games.
I don't think it was the graphics, which are attractive enough, if a little disappointing, considering the price tag. It might have been the sound effects, although the fact that all I got was a high-pitched screeching noise may have been due to machine incompatibility problems, and these could be ironed out by the final version.
It could be that I was just hurrying too much, because the demo only lasts for three holes or five minutes. After several re-runs I did make it onto the third hole, but the first couple of times I ran the program the five minutes was spent deciphering the control system anyway.
The full version boasts two full courses, a tournament option and 64 computer controlled opponents. Unfortunately, based on this demonstration I don't think there will be many takers, especially considering the low prices of commercial rivals Microprose Golf and PGA Tour Golf these days.
Euen better than the real thing Regular readers may remember that back in issue 82. The Art Of The Month accolade was awarded to Simon Lee for some stunning raytraced graphics. He recently wrote again enclosing a selection of his latest work, which is of an equally high standard and which he hopes to make available soon through the 24 Bit Club. Meanwhile.
Simon is offering his services at very competitive prices, for instance he anticipates charging around £30 for a highly detailed model. Anyone interested should contact him at the address on the right.
Who struggle with the Highway Code.
Highwayman is a quiz program featuring a total of 150 multiple choice questions, some based on pictures of road signs and others being text-only. Before beginning the quiz, it is possible to select the number of questions of each Kind you will face. When you've finished struggling to remember the typical car stopping distance at 60mph and other such details, the program will present you with a percentage score.
It’s a very simple idea but one which I'm sure will prove immensely popular. If there’s one criticism I would make it is that often, two of the three possible answers to a question are so obviously wrong that they stand out a mile. Still, even when this is the case the actual selection of the correct answer serves to aid recall at a later time. If the big day is looming and your confidence is a little lacking, getting hold of Highwayman would be a good move.
Golf is a difficult game to simulate effectively, which could be why I found a certain something lacking in this demo of Summit Software’s new release. Perhaps I'm being a little harsh, but since you'll only get a penny change out of fifteen quid for the full commercial release, I was a little bit frustrated by some of the gameplay limitations. I just can't put my finger on it though. The interface is Programmed by: Summit Software Available from: Saddle Tramps PD Disk No. G294 International Golf Demo Graham and Andy Dean 14 Fielding Avenue, Poynton.
Cheshire SK12 1YX KEW=II Software PO Box 672, South Croydon, Surrey CR29YS (Tel: 0181-657 1617) Simon Lee Lupus Productions. 4A Brecon Square, Ramsgate, Kent CT12 6NS (Tel: 01843 583756 after 6pm) OnLine PD 1 The Cloisters, Halsall Lane, Formby Liverpool L37 3PX (Tel: 01704 834335) Ali Prior 10 Lovell Park Heights, Leeds LS71DP Saddle Tramps PD 1 Lower Mill Close. Goldthorpe.
Rotherham S63 9BY (Tel: 01709 888127) SadENESS PD 13 Russell Terrace, Mundesley, Norfolk NR11 8LJ (Tel: 01263 722169) Roberta Smith DTP 190 Falloden Way. Hampstead Garden Suburb. London NW11 6JE (Tel: 0181-455 1626) fills are included too. For detailed work there is a basic magnification option and it is possible to cut, paste and flip blocks. The 64-colour palette is fully selectable and colours can be swapped, copied and spread over a range shades.
Admittedly, you are unlikely to produce a masterpiece using SplatterPaint. But to be fair I am sure it's not aimed at experienced graphics artists and it’s hard to find fault with such a diverting program, especially when it's free.
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swaps and having Workbench available instantly.
My father has also suggested I get hold of some disk backup and maintenance software and I have decided on AMI Tools and backup software. He also says that ideally. I should invest in a tape drive device for a fast and convenient backup storage device. Will SquirrelSCSI and, indeed. AMI Back work with such devices?
J Samuels. Prestwich The dispeller of despair, the - light at the end of the darh - tunnel. Ves. It's the HTHS - pages in time to saue all you - anguished hmiga ouiners in - needafhelp- Coloured screens usually mean a component problem. Most of the major chips in an A500 are socketed, so it’s possible, but not guaranteed, that one has come loose. Open up your A500 and push all the socketed chips down, making sure you have switched off the power and touched something earthed to get rid of any static first though.
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% Having recently bought a second- j hand A1200 and being very new ~ to Amigas, I was wondering if you could tell me what the rectangular hole at the back of my A1200 (right next to the mouse port) is for. Has something important been removed?
M Timperly. Warrington h v I’m not an impatient person, or even one . Given to bouts of violence, but if I have to listen to the floppy disk clicking noise anymore when the drive is empty I will be driven to taking a implement of substantial mass to my newly acquired A1200. Please, please tell me how to stop it before I snap.
Oh dear, the age old and understandably annoying clicky drive problem rears its ugly head again. It's good to see newcomers are still entering the Amiga scene and is a good reason for Escom to get Amiga production up and running again.
Your problems are easily solved. Simply refer to our July issue CoverDisk, specifically CoverDisk number 2.
On here you will find a brilliant utility called MultiCX. This little wonder of wonders has many features ¦ The SquirrelSCSI software r doesn't explicitly support I?* tape drives. They do show up as SCSI devices on the SCSI chain and it's simply a matter for third-party software. AMI Back in your case, to access this device directly.
Tape devices are certainly one of the best methods of backing up hard drives and I would think that yOU shouldn't have any problems with SquirrelSCSI and AMI Back communicating with such devices. If you do.
HiSoft. The suppliers of SquirrelSCSI, have a customer support service second to none and I'm sure they could help with any problems should they arise.
(j Every time I switch on my Amiga v 500, the power light flashes and the screen goes green. What’s wrong? Is it time to buy an A1200 now?
H Moore. London rGo on. Be a devil and treat yourself to an A1200, you won't regret it - they're great.
Your A500 is probably dead, I'm afraid.
Dead 11500?
A Cowley. Bedfordshire One ot MultiCX s many features is the NoClick function which turns off the annoying drive clicking c I MultiCX Preferences 1 EDI Page C | Misc 1 Entec ASCII A Can Shift A Nq Caps Lock J PopCLI hotkey tmmm PopCLI command I PopCLI stac& i° Black border mm On mm NoClick Cl On mm iaflldstar Cl Off mm DoNotWait A I Save Cancel | built in to one program, most important in your case is the NoClick function which can be easily activated via the MultiCX Prefs utility which accompanies MultiCX on our CoverDisk.
Once activated, you can say good riddance to those clicky drive blues. Hurrah for MultiCX.
R Don't worry, nothing important
- is missing. Usually, that hole is covered by a blanking
The hole is simply there for any third- party hardware developers to use for their expansion boards if needed, although I don't know of anyone who has taken advantage of it yet.
- '•« Do you have a problem? Do you sometimes f find yourself
poised over your Amiga
* with axe in hand, spouting profanity at the N y stubborn
refusal of your Amiga software or Idind gour language JD*-ms'
hardware to behave properly?
F Well, calm down and swap the axe for pen and paper, jot down your problems, along with a thorough description of your Amiga setup, and send it off to Amiga Computing Advice Service, IDG Media, Media House, Adlington Park, Macclesfield SK10 4NP.
Hnij questions?
Lllhere are theq?
V j| I was wondering if you or any of J. your readers could help me find the following programs:
1. Magic User Interface
2. Any program that can convert IMG clipart to standard IFF
3. A program that will help me create ANIM files from a
collection of IFF pictures. I have tried MakeAnim but could
not get it to work as it kept crashing my system.
All the programs must run on my system which is an A500+. 4Mb RAM.
40Mb A500-HD+ hard drive and a A570 CD-ROM.
[lean up D Elliot, North Hykeham, Lincoln I am 14-years old and have set r my sights on a career in computer programming. I currently have an Amiga and would like your thoughts on which programming language to choose from.
I am interested in C and assembly languages as these seem to be the choice for most games programmers. Which one would be the one to learn for a games programming environment?
G Watson. Essex jWT Your first question is easily answered and you may even have it already if you regularly buy Amiga Computing (you do don't you?) MUI can be found on the CoverDisks of our July issue. It's a fully-registered version exclusive to Amiga Computing and is simply brilliant.
I think the new owners of Commodore - Escom - should have a chat with Stefan Stuntz, the author of MUI, to incorporate his code into a newer version of the operating system when they get around to ret Today’s games programmers are generally using a mix of the two. The core of the game code is often written in C to aid portability and reduce development time. Then, any areas which need to be fast and efficient are written as assembler routines and incorporated into the main game code.
Therefore, to have an advantage over other people pursuing careers in games programming, you should ideally have good working knowledge of both.
Establishing Amiga production and development. I came up blank on your second program for converting IMG clip art to IFF. You could try one of the many DTP packages around, which may let you import an IMG image and export it to the required type, but buying a complete DTP package for this sole purpose may be a tad expensive.
Any readers out their know of a suitable utility which can do this? Finally, the program you need for creating ANIM files from IFFs is called MainActor, which can be found in the public domain.
I ‘have recently lost a disk with some impor-
(r) J tant information on it due to a spillage acci- dent
involving a coffee mug and my wayward elbow. I was
wondering if there is any cleaning kit which can clean the
actual magnetic media inside the disk casing for situations
like this?
L Peters, Somerset There are no such cleaning kits available I'm afraid. The magnetic material inside floppy disks is rather delicate and '' susceptible to scratches.
However, I recently had a coffee incident with my Lightwave Installation disks but did manage to save them. I shall relate the whole sorry story to you, which begins shortly after I recovered from the shock and managed to stop swearing profusely. Once upon a time...(let's not get too carried away eh? - Ed).
The first thing I did was soak up the excess coffee on the exterior of the disks using simple kitchen roll. Next, I grabbed the bottle of cleaning fluid which comes with the many disk drive cleaning kits on the market. Such fluid is often alcohol based and is good at dispersing unwanted stains, while quickly evaporating.
At this point, my coffee-stained disks were starting to get a little sticky, so I proceeded to put drops of the cleaning fluid on the disk covers, rubbing it in with my finger. This seemed to disperse the Sticky coffee residue and, because most cleaning fluid evaporates quickly and easily, it left the disk covers dry and a lot cleaner.
The next tricky step was dealing with the metal slider which protects the magnetic media inside the disk case. As you can probably guess, the slider was not at all well. A healthy slider quickly snaps closed when you release it thanks to the little spring hidden away inside.
The coffee saw to it that this was not going to be the case any more and made the slider stick open and feel as if it was moving over a layer of treacle.
Carefully, I doused the outside of the slider with cleaning fluid and gently rubbed it in to the particularly sticky spots, letting it dry. Next, I carefully lifted the slider so I could get underneath it. Be careful not to bend it too far or it won't lie flat anymore, causing it to stick in the disk drive. It could also spring completely off.
Now that I could get under the slider, I proceeded to douse the underside of the slider and the surface area of the cover which the slider moves over with cleaning fluid - release the slide and try moving it back and forth a number of times, and keep adding more cleaning fluid until the slider starts to move freely. It may take quite a few minutes to get rid of all the sticky coffee residue, so be patient.
The next nail-biting step was to tackle the coffee which was actually on the magnetic surface of the delicate disk inside the casing. The first thing to remember is to never touch the magnetic media with anything that can scratch the surface - you can't get rid of a scratch.
Looking at the spots of sticky coffee on the magnetic surface of my expensive Lightwave disks made me cringe at this point. So, with trembling hand, I started to put drops of cleaning fluid on the disk surface, rotating the disk as I did so. You will probably notice that the cleaning fluid quickly spreads across the surface.
I then began to turn the disk using a pen on the round metal hub at the back of the floppy disk. Inside all floppy disk cases is a layer of soft white fabric which, I presume, helps keep the surface clean. This helps clean up the cleaning fluid (and hopefully the coffee stains too) as the disk rotates. Keep doing this until the cleaning fluid has dried and there don't seem to be any coffee stains in sight.
Eventually, you should end up with a much cleaner disk. The next step is to find out whether it still works. At this point, I must point out that there is a risk that any coffee residue still on the disks will probably find its way onto your floppy disk drives heads. The risk is yours and will depend on how desperate you are to retrieve your disks, so keep that disk drive cleaning kit handy.
You should now dig out your best disk copier and. Making sure the verify option is enabled, proceed to back up your disks. During this process, you will soon find out whether there are problems with your disks because the copier will probably display errors.
However, if you are lucky, the disk will copy without problems and you can then try and use any programs or data using the backups. In my case, I simply ran the Lightwave installation process to a temporary partition to see if it worked.
And it worked perfectly indeed. Frankly, I was pleasantly surprised and would not recommend this process unless the data you are trying to save is worth the risk of mucking up your disk drives heads. I would guess, though, that any liquid finding its way onto the heads will easily be cleaned with a cleaning kit, and replacement disk drives are quite cheap anyway.
Certain things this incident has taught me is that there is hope of rescue should this unhappy state of affairs re-occur, that floppy disks are best kept in floppy disk cases, coffee best kept in the mug, and always to make backups. So invest in a good quality disk box and take extra care when drinking at your computer. The end.
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However, was the opening of The Electronic Telegraph's site on the 15 November. 1994.
The fact that such a powerful and respected force in publishing had taken this step was enough to make competitors sit up and take electronic services seriously.
Having been in existence for less than a year. The Electronic Telegraph (ET) is a newborn babe in comparison to its traditional sibling. On the new frontier of electronic, publishing, however, it's already looked up to as something of a veteran. A criticism justifiably levelled at many net sites established by commercial publishers is that they serve merely as tasters to sell subscriptions for the original product. But from the outset.
ET's editorial team had much higher ambitions. Hugo Drayton. Marketing Manage' responsible for the net version of the newspaper, was keen to emphasise Ets independence.
“It's very definitely separate,” Drayton asserted. To us it’s a different brand targeted at people who generally wouldn’t read a broadsheet Monday to Friday." To reinforce this claim. Drayton pointed to the market research they're currently conducting which suggests ET is indeed reaching an audience that would not normally read the Daily Telegraph. And with 90,000 registered users there can be no doubt about the site's popularity.
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Publishers are therefore hoping for increased transfer speeds, so when ISDN, a digital network, replaces the analogue network that most Internet users are connected to. There should be an improvement and expansion in the services available.
In the meantime, publishers are having to balance graphics against downloading times, so the best products are giving thumbnail previews of photographs and images.
Drayton d target- t read a reinforce i market g which audience ie Daily sd users e site's the novelty of net ads die down, for example, what’s going to make people visiting an advertising site spend money? And how are publishers going to incorporate adverts into their products without overburdening web pages with time-consuming graphics ?
Drayton argues that they’ll either have to be very funny or full of worthwhile information. He points to the Barclays’ advert, fresh on ET that same day. As a good example of the latter approach. In the future, however, it seems that electronic publishing will require a lleuis in a flash site, but ng-term e how a achieve n these earty days, especially since commercial interests aren't automatically compatible with the ee communal nature of the Internet.
* Our view at the moment is that we're in business of building a
readership and we don't think we can charge people to come in
and read the news headlines." Says Drayton.
"Where we think we're going to make our money in the long term is through advertising or through value-added services."
This second idea hints at a multi-levelled we at which the basic news is free but where other services carry a charge. Drayton explained: “We could give someone some* twig they actually want, like in-depth sports or financial information. Or k could be that we e-mail them information relevant to a subject want on a regular basis."
Whatever charged services do eventually appear, however. Drayton acknowledged that most of ET’s profits would have to be sought elsewhere. “We've seen in the newspaper cnop-down-tree world that we're involved in a pftce war that doesn't look like ending, and in order to remain profitable and grve our readers high-quality Transfer speed is arguably the biggest technical problem faced by electronic publications at present. Considering we re all used to large glossy photographs and designs in traditional papers and magazines, it's not surprising if Web sites can seem painfully slow to plough
Commonly referred to as the bandwidth problem . The delay in the amount of time it takes to get a desired page on screen is going to hsve to be overcome before Web publications can become part of the everyday home. What makes matters worse is that the more attractive the product, the information wo need to be getting money from new revenue services."
He continued: “Longer, longer term we don't want to be giving stuff away free. But the way things are looking at the moment, advertising is the most probable way of sustaining a decent product.” The prospect of having a paper which is mainly paid for by the advertisers is obviously good news for the readership, but advertising on the ‘net presents its own separate set of problems that have to be overcome. Once | . ____ Hs serious media moguls moue in on the 'net, commercial electronic publishing is about to blossom into life. Gareth lofthouse approached two major planers to get their uision on
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publishers entering the Web isn't just limited to highbrow products. Penthouse, unsurprisingly, is being overwhelmed with user* Amiga Computing AUGUST 1995 The future is here The Web is currently being flooded with new newspaper and magazine sites every month, so by the time this article makes it into print a whole batch of new publications will have come on line. Here's just a taste of what’s available at the time of writing: Time Out Net The Guardian http: www.gold. net online Limited to Arts and Archives at the moment, it’s likely that the Guardian’s online presence will expand in the
The Electronic Telegraph httpj www. Telegraph, co. Uk The first electronic broadsheet in the UK, ET is still leading the way San Jose Mercury News httpy www.sjmercury.com bizhtml An excellent service that's charging subscriptions for full use - but rather heavy on the graphics httpj www. Timeout.co. uk The new and improved on-line guide to what’s hot in the city Penthouse Magazine httpj www. Penthousemag.com Soft porn makes it onto the ’net with a site that’s heavily overburdened with traffic Time Magazine http: www. Timeinc. ComAime mag azine magazine. Html The huge American weekly mag
azine increases its distnbution via its Web sibling closer collaboration between publishers and advertisers, not to mention a more innovative approach to exploit the new medium’s potential.
“We'll see a lot more advertising which is linked to editorial," says Drayton. “If we’ve done an article on a trip abroad we could make a link to a company that could book you a ticket. It’s not necessarily advertorial but advertising which relates to what you're talking about, so that people aren't having stuff thrust down their face, but there's information available if you want it."
Despite the challenges of setting up a major electronic newspaper and making it profitable, Drayton insists it's a worthwhile venture. He cites immediate worldwide distribution with reduced costs, and ease of access for those working with computers, as just two major advantages of electronic publishing over the traditional method.
He also believes electronic publishing presents no threat to traditional publications' sales for the moment, partly because people will always want the lightweight portability of papers and magazines. On the other hand, he refutes the argument that the traditional paper is easier for a reader to browse through and select what they want. “People who are used using on-line services convenient." He contends. “Articles are given the same weight in terms of space and you can cruise inside things you want to read in more depth."
With new readers joining up everyday, the confidence at ET so far seems justified, but even this high profile ’net service is having to cope with its fair share of teething problems.
Most recently, the introduction of a new password registration system pushed Ets computers to the limit. This meant even those registered previously couldn't get on to the site and the whole situation became, in Drayton’s words, a bit touch and go. I was a bit uncomfortable for a couple of days," he later confessed.
In comparison to most electronic publications appearing on the 'net, however. ET has a wealth of on-line experience behind it. By contrast Time Out Net. Offspring of the bestselling city-listings magazine, is still very much in its infancy. Despite being only a few weeks old, however, there’s an air of professionalism in Time Out's Web pages that bodes well for .the future. Offering features, information and events listings with guides for seven European cities, the site boasts an appealing layout and has already been praised as one of the best on-line publications by the specialist
Time Out Net's early success, far from being a matter of chance, however, is owed largely to the fact that the editorial team have identified and avoided flaws present in the majority of web sites.
“Everyone wants to get their toe in the water," said editor Matthew Collin. “But we really felt we had to offer some sort of solid content rather than just a glorified advert for Time Out. Most people have got over last year's World Wide Web. Isn’t it wonderful' buzz, and this year it's going to be all about content."
The team is also aware that people are expecting something new from web publications, rather than just an on-screen version of what's been available in print for decades.
Collin is already looking at ways of combining the best features of printed news and broadcast news, reasoning: “Things like video or audio clips as back ups to features and listing material could really enhance the service.
We're definitely thinking about including music clips, for instance."
As is often the case in computing, however, ambitions for the future reveal the technological limitations of the present.
"People want to see things that look good and are well designed." Says Collin. "But that has to be balanced against the problems of delivery speed. At the moment, because of technical limitations, people aren't getting information on-screen as fast as they’d like."
And learning how best to use and improve the technology is just one of the challenges that electronic magazines have to face. The electronic publishers are currently just feeling their way into a new market, and what Internet users are going to want now and in the future is still a matter of uncertainty.
An issue that they'll certainly have to face arises from the international dimensions of the Internet. Publications like ET and Time Out Net have been set up by national publishers. Yet their net products are open to access from all around the world. ET, for example, gets 35 per cent of its readership from abroad, some of which are expats but many others are Americans or English- speaking Europeans.
INTERNATIONAL STATUS Time Out Net has a similarly international readership, and Matthew Collin agreed that some publishers are going to have to adapt to expand into the bigger picture.
"There are a lot of sites that are very localised," he said. “But yes, if you’re a commercial site you need accessors from the States because that's the biggest area, so you have to take a look at what the Americans are going to make of your product."
The message is clear then: Publishing on the Web is a whole new ball game. Some of the net publishers may have decades of experience with traditional print behind them, but on the new frontier represented by the Internet, everyone's just learning the basics.
So what about the future, you may well ask? Is it possible that Web publications will be able to borrow the best assets of both printed and broadcast information services?
There doesn't seem to be any reason why not. TV broadcasting has the impact of film footage with sound but the viewers can't choose which stories to watch and which ones to ignore. Newspapers and magazines, on the other hand, allow readers to browse and focus on the stories that appeal to them, but at times a thousand words can't replace a brief video clip.
For the moment, though, the paper and print publications don't have too much to fear from their on-line counterparts, In fact, the electronic publishers are honest enough to admit that nothing is certain in these early days. “It’s like so many of these things," Collin admits. “No one really knows:" ALL WORK AND ALL PLAY assured reliability and quality by Microvitcc, the UK's leading monitor manufacturer, features include: Compatible with all workbench modes, the Auto-Scan 1438 has high performance electronics and an ultra fine tube for sharp, crystal clear images.
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Now, the collection has been updated in an attempt to improve on the original, and once again Light Rom 2 is pitched purely at the Lightwave Toaster market - which is more the pity for Imagine users.
For those who didn’t get the first disc, what makes the series so appealing to use is the fact that all objects are catalogued with thumbnail renderings, allowing for instant previewing. This is much better than having to search the disc by loading each object into LightWave.
Part of the 300Mbs of new material should please Toaster users thanks to the incfusion of new wipes and a range of CG fonts. Everyone, however, will benefit from the expanded textures drawer which now features a collection of Kevin Lude’s backgrounds, all of which were originally only available commercially.
As usual, the compiler has added some handy utilities to help buyers make the most of the CD. Including Show Object, a program which allows for the viewing of LightWave objects in Directory Opus or even on Workbench. Since this program has a facility for simple wire frame manipulation of the object, it’s another feature which allows for speedy 3D previewing, Those who wish to create animated titles for their LightWave animations Should also take a look at Bluff Titler. This useful freebie allows for the manipulation of text, with explode implode effects and the ability to overlay text on video
being just a few of this gem’s simple, fun features. Thankfully, there's a PAL version too.
Otherwise, this update has maintained the quality control of the original and has expanded in some useful areas. With such high standards at such a reasonable price, this series looks set to stay the ultimate LighWave CD tool for a long time to come.
The bDttom line Product: Light Rom 2 Supplier: PD Soft Tel: 01702 466933 Price: £39.99 Ease of use_9 Implementation_9 Value for money_10 Overall 9 Miscellaneous CD collections are deservedly popular because by virtue of their sheer size alone, the buyer is guaranteed to find at least a few truly useful or interesting files. However, the market is already flooded with this type of product, so the Hottest 5 needs to be good to make a mark.
Fortunately, it appears to target a slightly different audience than the unbeatable Aminet Cds. Whereas the latter emphasise serious utilities and programs, the Hottest collection tries to balance serious computing with a healthy selection of games and demos, On the serious side, there’s Hard Utilities 2000 which includes tecchie yet invaluable programs like Abackup, a decent PD back up system, and Virus Checker v.6.29, a powerful though not quite up-to-date version of the excellent virus killer. There’s also the latest version of Snoop DOB, a program which will log all DOSrtibrary calls and
more when a program is run. This is useful for locating problems, and with the addition of an improved interface it stands out as a highlight in the collection.
Other items in the pick and mix collection include Toaster textures by Thomas Dawson, the cheep but cheerful graphic converter Image Studio, and a number of educational programs like the A to Z Paint Pad.
There's at least as much fun material for more lighthearted moments, however, with a number of bizarre games (like Roachfarm) and animated demos such as The Life of Mr. Pissoff. Unfortunately, this reasonably good selection is let down by the common CD problem of poor organisation. Finding the more interesting material is nowhere near as user-friendly a process as it is with the Aminet collection. It's true that a booklet is included which summarises the disc’s contents, but this doesn't seem to work as well as Cds which include proper AmigaGuides. Despite these shortfallings. Though.
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The bottom lino Product: Hottest 5 Supplier PD Soft Tel: 01702 466933 Price: £19.99 Ease of use_ 5 Implementation 7 Value for money_ 7 Overall 7 Amiga Computing IhQ Sound library and Graphics Work Shop Ienture Gallery orward to jnds and roved an y- res to be Vorkshop IU1 din: I It MUM are 1,0 t I II } This month sees the update of the best 30 TO collection Hmiga. Bareth Lorthouse tests it tor improuements and reuiews a host of other handg discs Graphics Sensation bizarre luch as ionably iroblem materi- t is with lcluded doesn’t proper lough, a bit of turns out to be rather a misleading
name, because the ‘ecus of the product is almost exclusively on the audio side oI things. As far as graphics are concerned, there appear to be a number of utilities, many of which are easily available elsewhere anyway.
Even if you ignore this fad and assess the produd just as a sound colledion, however, there are still a number of serious flaws. Most serious of these is the almost complete ack of organisation of sound files into easy-to-use groups.
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Admittedly, it would take a lot of work on someone's behalf, but categorising sounds into basic drawers like ¦Special Effects’. ‘ House Music’, and Metal' is vital if a compilation like this is going to be of use to most people.
In fairness, the samples and mods on offer are better in terms of quality than some of the other sound libraries available, and dipping into a collection like this is always fun. Plenty of silly samples, for example, can be found for novelty purposes - Porky Pig's evil laugh turned out to be a popular sample to accompany error messages in the office. It's also good to see an impressive range of tools ncluded such as the latest versions of Sound Tracker, Pro Another collection of mainly PD 3D objects, Graphic Sensations is not short of material for both Imagine and Lightwave. What’s more, in
contrast to many of the Cds this month, everything has been grouped and subdivided into easily manageable categories.
Seems that sometimes compilers will stick anything on a disc to pad out the space. If they had to fill gaps, however, a few more animations wouldn't have gone amiss instead.
Those requiring backgrounds will go to the texture drawer, though many of them seem of only mediocre quality when compared to some examples on the Textures CD also reviewed. All the same, as part of the general collection they a worthwhile extra.
There’s nothing particularly fresh or outstanding about Graphics Sensation, but it does represent good value for anyone who hasn't bought a 3D collection previously.
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Supplier. PD Soft Tel: 01702 466933 Price: £19.99 Ease of use 4 Implementation _ _ 6 Value for money 7 Overall 6 Tracker. MED and a number of rippers. What's more, there's no complaining about quantities of material, as both Cds are choc full.
Nevertheless, The Sound Library and Graphics Workshop only warrants a very lukewarm recommendation. It's no worse than many of its rivals, but with a bit of organisation it could have been so much better.
The bottom line It seems that textures are thrown in to pad out almost every new CD put on the market, but for anyone who finds them regularly useful in their work, here's a CD that concentrates exclusively in this field.
The good news is it’s another fish image collection done in the style of the Light Rom series, which means thumbnail images which allow for easy previewing of all the pictures on the CD. Flicking through this catalogue gives a good impression of the wide variety of texture types available.
Simple brick backgrounds may not be fascinating in themselves but they're always useful for a wide range of applications, and even these basic pictures have an air of quality with reasonably professional lighting.
There are also backdrops which have obviously been designed with presentations in mind. The Brownbox or Diamond IFFs, for example, would make good backgrounds for bullet points and text.
One complaint must be aimed at the claim that this is a huge double-CD collection. The thing is, when you actually look at the CD it becomes clear that so much space has been taken up because the same images have been converted across six formats. How many Amiga users are going to find SGI format textures handy ?
Otherwise, it’s a good quality and highly usable CD, though how many people are going to pay this price just for backgrounds remains to be seen.
Predictably, a lot of the objects have been seen before.
Objects such as the Viewpoint hammerhead shark and chevy, for example, turn up on just about every 3D collection available, so this CD is only heartily recommended to those who haven't bought an object collection up to this point.
Categories covered include anatomy, gears and video for Imagine, and holidays, aviation and environment for UghtWave. Which at least means it’s not all Babylon 5 and Star Trek rip offs.
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Thanks to the arrival of Fiber Factory, another seemingly insurmountable 3D problem has been solved. Courtesy of a beautifully simple stand-alone interface, the complexities of handling huge numbers of ndividual fibres is down to a simple point and dick procedure.
The only thing you need to create any kind of hairy incarnation is an existing Lightwave object. After loading an object the software uses it as a template from which the fibres grow. Assuming you've loaded a sphere into the software, the effect would apply to the entire surface - creating a tribble or pom-pom.
If you only want to add a toupee to your sphere, you could simply go into modeller, copy the area in question, paste it into another layer, save it, and then load this in as your object. If you then regenerated the hair, saved the resulting model, and loaded this into modeller, your follically-challenged sphere would now have a luxurious head of hair.
SPECIFICS This ability to dissect a model and add fibres to a specific area, and in a specific style, is an incredibly powerful means of combining styles on the same object. Adding a moustache to the same sphere would simply mean copying the appropriate area and defining a shorter and rougher look for those fibres. Better still, when the software generates fibres it doesn't retain the existing model
- only the actual fibres or wig make up the new hairy object, As
a result, when the fibres combine with their original template
object there's no risk of rendering errors or unnecessary
The new wig simply fits perfectly onto the area or object you used to create it.
As you see from the interface screen shot.
Fiber Factory is reassuringly simple. In short, you simple load the object, adjust the settings and dick on the make button. If you discover a fibre style you're likely to want to apply on future projects, you can save and reload it for use on another object as required. Okay, the load, save and make buttons are pretty self As for faults, there’s little to complain about.
The only real irritation is that the preview screen only generates single strands to denote the length and style of the fibres. As a result, you're often forced to load your creations into Lightwave and do a test render to get a real idea of how the fibres and designs adualfy look.
On the plus side, the interface does have complete control over the angle of view, either via hotkeys or mouse-controlled freehand rotation.
Uni) questions?
Explanatory. Following these comes the hair qty setting, which not surprisingly defines the number of fibres to be generated. Next up comes the length option, which as you'd expect is expressed in meters. Just below awaits the all-important segments option - if you want your fibres to bend they must have sufficient segments to make the effect believable.
The following sub-section defines the style of the individual fibres. If you set the sides option to one.
You end up with a single two- point polygon - great for basic cost-effective fur. However, such two-point polygons do lack specularity and shading.
Raising the figure generates a traditional polygon model for each fibre, and by varying the amount and adjusting the radius can create anything from flat stnps to cylinders. Add definable tapering and you can extrude every fibre to a sharp or soft point.
STYLING The Polygon qty figure shows the total number of polygons that will be generated using the present settings. Next comes the all-important styling section with kink adding a crinkled or accordion effect to the fibres.
Contour offers a means of laying the fibres down on the surface of the polygons to a user-definable degree, thereby creating the sleek rather than spiky look you'd require when modelling a smooth fur-covered creature. Curl, not surprisingly, does just what you’d expect, with 1 producing a single loop, while the turns define how tightly the curl should be wound, Jitter offers a means of randomising the directional variation in relation to the templates surface, the end result being a definable amount of messiness. Last of all comes the truly stunning Tropism control which defines the
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The final icing on the cake is the affect morphing has on the Fiber Factor concept.
Because the number of fibres, points and polygons remain the same, morphing between two revisions of the same object can lead to amazing animation, regardless of the effects applied to them.
Plants and vegetation could blow in the breeze or turn to the light, hair could stand on end or bounce along as a character strides across the scene. To quote the manual; The possibilities are endless." T*7 Product: Fiber Factory Supplier: CyberSystems Tel: 01843 292150 Price: £99.95 The bottom lino Ease of use Implementation.
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• •ndous such as producing a (dare I say it) yaph or, even worse,
a mathematical formula.
The Amiga, despite having excellent DTP and document processing packages, te rather devoid of this sort of tool. So
• hat options are there available to the frustrated user?
Well, a simple bar chart - or histogram - can be knocked up in a suitable paint package; however, it is a shame when you've got a 300 DPI printer sitting on your desk to print out a graphic that was designed for display on a 70 (ish) DPI ¦onitor. Saying this, you'll be fine as long
• » you don’t need any lines which aren't honzontal or vertical.
What about a pie chart? The mathematically minded could convert an angle to a co-ordinate on a circle, but what if you haven’t got the time or inclination to do fas? There's a fair whack of processing power at your fingertips and you'll be
• educed to using it as a calculator. Shame
• •ally. As for presenting three dimensional data, such as sales
of different items over a set of months - euurgh. Practically
¦"possible to do manually.
Worse still is entering a mathematical aquation. Consider the solution of a Quadratic equation: % • (-b (? Or -) sqrttbt - 4AC) I W t looks a lot better when presented in its onginal form. The paint package of your s"o»ce could be the only way out, or you could try and draw something with a DTP package which would (and I speak from experience here) look like the cat had done something unsavoury on your page.
It's depressing to go and use Word on a RC - these things are built in! As good as P«nal Writer or WordWorth are, they are missing these things. However, there
• re cheap - nay free - solutions thanks to
• *• Amiga's superlative public domain and iftareware fraternity
and. In the politically correct '90s, sorority.
Firstly, you should decide what you want
• ft do with the data - preferably use a praph ormat and save the
graph as an IFF OR2D (IFF's structured drawing format) or EPS
(Encapsulated PostScript) file. The Cfeoice you use will be
dictated by four package - PageStream likes IFF 0*2D if you're
printing on a non-postscript When can a word processor become a
maths package? Flik lines finds out as he looks at the mami
solutions for creating uisualig pleasing formulae a emmas
display. The manual, which is provided in both English and
French, gives a lot of good, easy-to-read information on how to
produce a data file, and the format of the file is sensible and
easy to remember.
Printer, whereas Final Writer likes EPS for anything.
There are quite a few packages that claim to do this sort of thing. However, the best and most flexible I have found are JcGraph and Agraph which are both PD and, curiously enough, both written by Francophonic authors - JCGraph is from Canada and Agraph comes from France. I have yet to draw conclusions from this observation.
Agraph has only recently been written by Denis Gounelle and produces a variety of graphs - including Histogram and pie chart
- which are output as IFF bitmaps corresponding to the size of
the window. Data is read from a text file which gives
information on the sort of graph to draw, number of colours to
use and the actual data to One thing that would be
exceptionally useful for this package would be an option to
specify the pixel size of the output. Who knows - the author
may include it in the next version.
The most feature-packed software I found for displaying data was the JCGraph package. Flexibility is paramount with this package; graphs can be made in 13 two dimensional or 13 3D formats, colours or grey scale values can be set. As can labelling size, and oodles more. The resulting graph can be saved in DR2D, ILBM, EPSF (grey or colour). GEO or DRAW2000 format - at least one of those should work with the package of your choice.
Again, data is written into a text file then loaded into the package. There are a couple of bijou quirkettes in the data format, however. For example, the number 1003 must start off every data file for JCGraph.
Why not the word JCGraph? Who knows.
Following this is the si26 of the data array which specifies the arrangement of data.
Four values plotted over 12 months would be a 4 x 12 array, requiring 48 data entries.
Another strange aspect that manifests Amiga Computing GRAPHICS Hi ?
Itself is the ’cotation' scale and multiplier values that have to be in the data file. I seem to recall from my French that this is something to do with height, so I guess it’s the height scale and multiplier. It's worth mentioning that the manual is again provided in French and English, but the English can be hazy at times.
After this, comes the actual data followed by the row - and column, if three dimensional - names. It's a bit of a fiddle to enter the data and the chances are that rows and columns will be entered in the wrong order for the first few tries, but eventually good results can be obtained.
Once the data file is prepared, this is loaded into the program. Then the type Of graph required is selected from any one of 13 different types. The rotation of the graph, along with the perspective, can be changed through the use of sliders, and a preview window shows a sample of the graph type in the orientation you have selected.
ANY SIZE Once everything is fine and dandy, click on the render button which will render the graph to fill the final output window no matter what its size. If the graph s appearance meets your requirements, you can save it in any one of the formats listed before to wherever takes your fancy.
The package has a complete Arexx port as well, should you wish to automate your graph creation. There's also a brief description of how to create your own graph types in case you want to make a completely different graph with whatever properties you require.
The author of JCGraph has. Unfortunately. Stopped developing the package which is a shame. There are a few bugs such as not liking more than 16 colours on screen, and the manual really could do with a few updates. However, for free I don't suppose we can complain but be thankful that it does what it does so well.
All in all. I reckon JCGraph is quite easy to use. Feature packed and well thought out
- certainly worth having in anyone's suite of document processing
tools as you never know when you may just need it. And so we
[lie most feature-paeked software I found for display data was
tlie JfGraph package Flexibjlitq is paramount with this
package; graphs ran he made hi 13 two dimensional or E 3D
formats, rolours or greg stale ualues ran he set. As can
labelling see. And oodles more move swiftly on to the other
frequently-met problem - how to insert something looking like a
mathematical equation into your documents.
For quite a few years, a typesetting language called Tex' (pronounced tech for no adequately explained reason) has been available to perform this very task, and there is an Amiga port of the beast.
However, it's not everyone's cup of tea because the term WYSIWYG was not heard of when the language was conceived
- however, this doesn't detract from the power of the language.
The whole idea of Tex is to abstract the formatting away from
the user to produce good-looking, readable documents without
having to worry about layout.
The Amiga version, called Pastex. Is free and good, However, this is not really the solution most people will want, especially as many only want a quick equation now and then.
Ularoi thanks The two packages that have been looked at in depth here - JcGraph and MathScript - both add to the Amiga's DTP or document processing suite and will, for most people, be used at least once or twice.
With these two packages installed, there’s no reason to change machine as they bring all the functionality you could need to the Amiga A big hearty 'thank you' is deserved by the authors.
Lllhat a stormert A few weeks ago, a package called MathScript version 2.0 was uploaded to Aminet by its author, Simon Ihmig.
Curiosity got the better of me, and I downloaded. The first thing to say is that this package is a stormer! It really is excellent.
The author appears to have produced the package for the reasons it was needed, and as an exercise in programming, it’s difficult to get excited about this sort of thing but it really is that good.
However. I'll stop prevaricating about the bush and tell you what it actually does.
Double-clicking on the package's icon gives a rather nice interface built using Magic User Interface, therefore allowing the look of the package to be completely altered, should the urge take you.
Residing at the top of the window is a bank of 13 buttons, each of which bring up a different array of symbols when clicked on. Below this is a simple string gadget and then the rest of the window is taken up by an innocuous looking frame with sliders on both sides. Mathematical equations are entered into the string gadget with special symbols taken from the banks of symbols, then the equation is previewed by clicking on the large frame.
Superscript and subscript are catered for. As is all the necessary formatting I could rack my brains to think of - the Size of the font used can also be set to whatever is required. Symbols include all standard Greek characters and more mathematical ones than my humble brain could recall.
Once happy with the previewed results, they can be saved as ILBM, postscript or encapsulated postscript. EPS has a bitmap of the results inside the file as well as the postscript information; with this format.
Pagestream can be coaxed into printing the results on any printer.
Final Writer is very much at home when dealing with EPS images, and the author provides full instructions to get the two packages behaving happily together - an that has to be done is remove a couple of comments from Final Writer’s Postscript initialisation file.
The package has a full Arexx interface and comes with three Arexx scripts - one for the package and two for use in Final Writer - and all three automate the passing of formulae between the packages InsertFormula is used from within MathScript to push the EPS result to Final Writer (using the size of the current font «| Final Writer - a nice touch) whereas the other two open and dose MathScript from within Final Writer. This addition to Final Writer makes it closer to how Word is fot the PC - it's an excellent example of whl the Amiga and Arexx can do.
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Iore and more people are using 1 I computers at work and an
increas- I ing number of households have a personal
computer. It's also true that in I Way's competitive working
climate, more of I us are working longer hours. It is
therefore I wy advantageous to be able catch up on I t* rk
by transferring work-related files from I fe office computer
to your home machine.
The converse can also be true however.
I as some people often take advantage of I computers and software at work to do tasks I associated with their home computer. On the , T-ore leisurely side, it's useful for fellow ! Amiga addicts to be able to link their I machines in order to share data. So, let's I fcck at how you can connect your Amigas to 1 ctner computers (and to each other) for ¦watively little or no cost at all.
Unfortunately, when you Start thinking and | operating in a cross computer manner, the question of compatibility anses. It is the major cymbling block most users will fall over when rf °g to work between different computers.
Until fairly recently, the only way around
* ese problems was to invest in expensive hardware such as
emulators or network cards. Now, with the advent of low-cost
hardware. Such as modems, and fairly recent tcftware solutions,
life is a lot simpler.
First though, let's explain some common srxtems which must be overcome. To start mtn there are two levels of compatibility JTJOlems which must be dealt with, the first of these being actual storage media compatibil- r» Different computers have different ways
* stonng information on disks. It may be that
• ctual floppy disks are pretty much generic ¦cross nearly all
machines (a 3.5 inch floppy be used by any computer with a
3.5 inch
• fcppy drive), but the way data is actually [ Kored on such
disks can be drastically different. By default, an Amiga can't
read a Macintosh or PC formatted disk because each of these
machines has its own file system. A file system describes the
way in which tracks and sectors are written to a disk when it’s
formatted, and how files are stored and retrieved on these
disks. So, your computer must understand how to read a
different computer's disk before it can even find the file on
The second compatibility problem lies with the actual file being transferred. Say. For instance, you have a 3000 word document you have written with Microsoft Word on your Macintosh at work. When you save it to a floppy disk, Microsoft Word stores it in its own proprietary format, with various special commands embedded in the document file which signify such things as different fonts, font style (bold, italic) and other information.
ILLEGIBLE If.you were to transfer it to your Amiga word processor, the word processor must know how to read the Microsoft Word format file or you will get strange characters on the screen which would be about as legible as a legal document written in Latin by a dyslexic solicitor.
So, you have disk filing system and file format compatibility issues to consider before computers can talk to one another. The latter is the easiest to deal with, so I will expand on this first.
Thankfully, file format issues have been recognised by the computer industry and many file format standards have appeared over the years. For example, in the word processor market, there are a few universally understood file formats which nearly all word processors understand, such as ASCII (American Standard Computer Information Darren fuans loohs at some low-cast methods of connecting your Hmiga to other computers and some of the pitfalls to watch out for Interchange). Nearly all word processors can save text files in this format and can thus be read by other word processors.
So, why do all word processors commonly have their own peculiar way of saving documents. Why not just use ASCII all the time?
The reason why this is not the case is that ASCII is a pretty old standard and is far too simple for today’s requirements.
With today's powerful word processors you have the ability to include many different fonts, font styles and even graphics and tables within a document. Poor old ASCII doesn’t know about these exotic elements.
All it knows about are simple letters and numbers (with some simple control characters for line feeds, carriage return etc). The RTF (Rich Text Format) standard is more intelligent in that it knows about font styles such as bold and italic, and even graphics (depending on the application's implementation of RTF).
Thankfully, just getting the text content of a document is generally all that is required for the average user when transferring a word processor file to another computer.
There are still difficulties even between so- called ASCII file formats On different computers which treat end of line (EOL) and carriage returns and line feeds in different ways.
Amiga Computing IT modem cable pin assignment Here are the pin assignments if you want to make your own null modem cable. You will need one 25-pin female D-Sub connector for the Amiga. The PC end will either be a 25-pin or a 9-pin female D-Sub depending on your PC model.
If you’re not handy with a soldering iron, many computer stores stock null modem cables 25-pin Signal Signal 9-pin 25-pin 07 GND GND 05 07 02 TD RD 02 03 03 RD TD 03 02 05 CTS RTS 07 04 04 RTS CTS 08 05 06 DSR DTR 04 20 20 DTR DSR 06 06 Saving an Amiga ASCII text file and loading it into a Macintosh word processor will result in the actual text being loaded, but the layout will be terrible. Such problems do not occur if you use RTF.
Things are slightly less developed with regards to spreadsheets and databases. The only generic format which a few Amiga applications support is Comma Separated Values (CSV). One example is Twist 2. A database from HiSoft which happily accepts data stored in CSV format.
The graphics arena is probably the most developed area in terms of the sheer number of file formats - I can think of over ten graphic file formats off the top of my head. I would hazard a guess that relatively little difficulties will arise when trying to transfer graphic files between various computers and if it did. I would say it would be down to poor support or implementation on the part of the application.
Some of the most common graphics file formats include True Image File Format (TIFF).
Targa (TGA) and Graphic Interchange Format (GIF). If your graphics application supports these, your life will probably be easier, if it doesn't, there are many graphics file format converters image processors available both commercially (ADPro) and in the public domain (Image Studio) to help you out. So, when you are shopping for an Amiga application you think will help you with your work, be sure to check for file compatibility. Ask the person in charge of software installation at work about the file formats which the software you are using supports. Then, check your Amiga application
supports a good range of various file formats. It's also worth a browse through public domain libraries.
Once you do have a particular file which you know your respective Amiga application can read and use. You still have to surmount the problem of getting it from one computer to the other. This is where the different file systems found on various computers rear their ugly heads in an attempt to thwart your efforts. Thankfully, there are solutions to the problem, both in hardware and software.
Essentially, all the Amiga requires is information about the other computer s disk structure and the way it stores files on the disk.
One of the Amiga's great strengths is its ability to easily incorporate strange and alien filing systems via software drivers.
The Amiga and-PC are already on relatively good speaking terms, if you have Workbench
2. 1 or later that is. This is thanks to the small and clever
driver called CrossDOS.
CrossDOS allows your Amiga to read and write MS-DOS PC disks without the need for any hardware. This is really good news because it is common knowledge that the PC is the most popular computer to be found in both large and small businesses.
DRIVER ACTIVATION To activate this driver, simply go into the Storage drawer on your boot partition, enter the DOSDnvers drawer and double-click on CrossDOS. You can also drag it into the DOSDrivers drawer in the Devs drawer so that it loads automatically at boot time.
However. Workbench's CrossDOS driver is only designed to work with floppy disk drives.
If you want to access CD-Roms, hard drives or other high capacity devices. CrossDOS as it stands will not work.
It is possible to edit the CrossDOS driver file and supply it with further information about high capacity devices, but this requires a great deal of knowledge about the relevant device and file systems in general. Thankfully, there are commercial packages available which take away this burden and supply the user with all the tools required to use both floppy and high capacity devices across different computers with relative ease.
CrossDOS Professional, reviewed in the July issue of Amiga Computing, is an enhanced and much faster version of the Workbench CrossDOS. And as well as providing the ability to read and write MS-DOS floppy disks, it also makes connecting and configuring hard drives and other high capacity devices such as CD-Roms a breeze. It even allows you to mix MS-DOS and Amiga partitions on a single hard drive.
If you want to transfer files between a Mac and your Amiga, the makers of CrossDOS | developed CrossMAC. Considering the complexity of the Apple disk filing system.
CrossMAC does an admirable job with some | restrictions for the Amiga owner. If your main | aim is to transfer files via floppy only, you will need a 1.4Mb high density floppy drive because low density floppies are not | supported.
On the hardware side, you have the option I of using a modem to transfer files from your work computer to your home computer. Of course, this will require you to actually have a modem and terminal software such as Termite, or one of the many public domain terminal applications, not to mention the | modem required at your workplace too.
Terminal software can also be used with a I null modem cable to connect two machines together and transfer files as though they were actually connected via a modem. The advantage of this method, though, is that phone bills are not creeping ever higher during the transfer, and it's faster too. A null modem cable is a serial cable which has been re-wired slightly (see diagram for building your own null modem cable) and is avail-1 able from all good computer stores. There are also a few commercial and PD utilities I which utilise serial or parallel cables which I often allow you to actually
use drives con-1 nected on one computer as though they | were connected to the other.
Link-lt is one such commercially available I utility, while in the public domain, there are I programs like PC Amiga Transfer, which is I on CoverDisk 2 of this very issue of Amiga | Computing for you to try.
There are various emulators available m I the public domain, but they tend to be 31 little too unstable and too complex to set up I for my liking. FT$ Fu55i) filenames and misconceptions One extremely annoying problem to be aware of when transferring files between Pcs and Amigas is the limit imposed by MS-DOS on the length of filenames.
MS-DOS filenames cannot be longer than eight characters with a three character extender, exam- PLES.TIF. for instance, has the maximum letters for the main filename, with the last three letters after the period usually denoting filetype, in this case a TIFF graphics file. This is quite restrictive and doesn’t make for clear and explanatory naming at all.
Now. Our humble Amiga not only beats the pants off most Pcs at multi-tasking, it is also much more versatile in terms of filenames. The Amiga quite happily accepts filenames up to 30 characters in length and herein lies a major problem. If you are transferring files from your Amiga to the PC. You have to always be aware never to use filenames longer than eight characters. If you do, you will probably end up overwriting previous files or get lots of duplicate file error messages.
As an illustration, consider the Amiga filename ANI- MATIONOOOO.TGA, which is the first frame of a 1500 frame animation with the last frame being ANIMATION1499.TGA. If you were to transfer these files to, say. An MS- DOS partition on a hard disk, all the files will be unceremoniously chopped to ANIMATIO.NOO. overwriting previously copied files which will have the same name and generally causing a major headache.
It’s easily avoided if you are the one creating the files, just use a name with less characters, but there are situations where long filenames from other sources will be cause for a tedious renaming session.
A common misconception among many novice users is the assumption that if the Amiga can read an MS-DOS formatted disk, any programs on there can be run on the Amiga. However, although there may be many files on a PC CD, such as pictures, fonts audio samples and the like, any actual PC programs on the CD cannot be executed on the Amiga because these programs are written specifically for PC processors and hardware.
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AmiTCP doesn’t come with a multi-user file system either, but this is understandable because the amount of configuration work you normally have to do with this sort of replacement file system would require another manual. Actually, In the earty sections of the manual it warns you that the Amiga's native file system isn't very secure, but gives you no further advice on the topic.
Reading back over my copy. I feel I have been a little unfair to AmiTCP. It certainly is a nightmare if you are trying to configure the setup for use with an ISP. Say Demon, for instance. But for use in an internal network with one or more Amigas and or other machines connected together via ethernet cards. AmiTCP is a much simpler affair.
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whole enterprise. This is especially so seeing that the best fora for help are mailing NSDi themselves and the Usenet newsgroup comp.sys.amiga.networking, not to mention various mailing lists and FAQs, all of which are really only available to someone with a working installation of AmiTCP.
I will say it again, lest you didn't read my salutary warning: AmiTCP IP v4.2 commercial © a pain to set up. And this is for someone who has AmiTCP v3.0b running quite nicely on their machine, thank you for asking.
People who are coming straight to it from, say, Pamet, are in for a real shock. The problems start when you first look into the impressively dense manual. It rang warning bells in me when I opened it up. Moved past the contents and a cursory introduction, and was looking straight at a section entitled The internet Protocol Suite Tutorial.'
This wasn't a tutorial on how to install AmiTCP, but an introduction to the OSI reference model, routing and subnet masks. Still with me? Good, because after you dealt with these topics you move right onto Data Flow on TCP IP Networks', gateways. UDP.
Repeaters and bridges. Right, let’s skip over that lot and get onto Chapter 3; Installation AmiTCP comes with not one, but two standard Commodore Installer scnpts. The first creates the directories and copies the files needed by AmiTCP. AmiTCP recognises when you have already installed an earlier version of the networking software and asks you if you want to maintain your old configuration files.
Unfortunately, it does not make it clear that the only configuration files it can deal with successfully are those from AmiTCP v4 or later, so BANG! Down goes your machine RTFM, you might say, but there was nothing lo prevent there being a message to tell you that this is the case when you get to the point where you have to make the decision. The second installer script is to be run once you Demonic possession INTRODUCTIONS makes no bones about it. This is not solely a problem with AmiTCP.
Internet-working is going to be a horrendously complicated process for some time to come and improvements are only going to be made in the presentation of configuration options and not the configurations themselves. AmiTCP is a unix bod’s dream, though, as most of the config files from a Unix box can be transferred as they are to your Amiga set-up.
As for speed of operation, well, there are no noticeable differences between the version of AmiTCP you have to pay for, and the beta version 3 which is provided by Demon to access the Internet.
AmiTCP IP v4.2 is a solid networking product working under the restrictions imposed upon it by the Amiga's operating system and file system (most importantly, a lack of security measures). However, it is certainly not a package that anyone would recommend to a beginner in networking, and the manual isn’t exactly helpful on occasion.
If you are intending to connect to Demon or some other ISP with this product. I strongly recommend you get their AmiTCP installation first and work with that for a while before attempting to configure AmiTCP IP v4.2. Finally, thanks must go to the authors of the AmiTCP-FAQ; Neil MacRae and Mike Meyer.
Without them, this review would have been a lot shorter and a lot less complimentary. r»y IIP hell copy of Term or Ncomm or whatever to dial up your service provider, connect, type in your password, etc. then quit your comms program and run the startnet script. You are advised on how to accomplish all this in the manual.
The only thing they don’t tell you is how to log off. Oh, and on the connection front, when you are configuring AmiTCP using the aforementioned Installer script, if you choose to configure a point- to-point interface like SLIP, you are given the option of configuring a PPP interface that doesn't actually come with AmiTCP.
SVSIEm ESSEnilflLS RED = Ess&htia! BLACK = Recommended 1 Mb jul r Tj AmigaDos 4 Mb RAM The bottom line AUGUST 1995 Mi - HARDWARE It goes without saying that the Amiga is rather limited without a hard drive. Today’s software, even some games, are very demanding.
Workbench itself is a nightmare of disk swaps when used with a floppy-based system.
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Darren fuans puts - it to the test - It's hardly surprising, then, that hard drives are one of the most popular upgrades Amiga users buy. Until recently. A1200 owners could only add one internal IDE drive to their machine. If it came to the point where a bigger drive was needed, it would have been a case of selling the existing IDE drive and buying a bigger one.
Now, thanks to such devices as the SquirrelSCSI, which allows you to easily connect up to seven SCSI devices to your machine, a peripheral renaissance has opened up with faster and bigger hard drives, and other more exotic SCSI devices, such as CD-ROMs and magneto-optical drives, ready and waiting to be connected to your little ‘Ol A120Q. SCSI devices also have much faster transfer speeds than is possible with an internal IDE drive, so there is a performance boost too.
Because the SCSI standard allows up to seven SCSI devices to be linked together, if you run out of space on one drive you simply add another drive to your existing ones. With the IDE, you would have had to sell your existing drive for a bigger one and then have the hassle of transferring data from the original drive onto the new one.
With this much more versatile upgrade path allowing you to connect multiple devices to your Amiga, the problem of space rears its ugly head. Alas, multiple devices usually means multiple power leads and data leads, so pretty soon your desk becomes a maze of cables.
PROBLEM SOLVED Now, thanks to those tidy thinking people at HiQ. A neat, low-cost solution to this space problem is available in the form of the PowerStation.
The idea is very simple, take one PC case with a 200 watt power supply and internal mountings for various devices, add a little wiring specifically to attach it to the A1200 and voild, you have a single housing for multiple devices all running off one power supply, with all those messy data cables neatly hidden away.
There are three different case types available from HiQ - multimedia, tower and desktop. The case shown here is the multimedia model which comes with built-in speakers.
HiQ can also offer various 'bundles' featuring case device combinations according to your needs. Actual installation of the PowerStation is very simple as it’s merely an add-on to Two speakers, CD-ROM, tape streamer ami no messy cables. That's what I call a neat solution I
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People e media are only doubt keen to get your hands on one. But just how easy is it to add the multitude of juicy SCSI bits to the PowerStation?
Those with a SquirrelSCSI would have had to buy fully-cased peripherals, so that if you have added say a CD-ROM and an additional hard drive, that’s at least an extra £100 (the price of an empty PowerStation) over what you would have had to pay if you had bought the bare mechanisms. Cool huh?
So, now you know it will save you lots of cash as well as desktop space, you are no advan- owners ipherals irobably ice you j? Well ils. You ve. Fully handy and al hem alf r about Well, it's a little more complex than adding fully-cased devices to your SquirrelSCSI due to SCSI identification requirements. When you can have up to seven SCSI devices connected to your Amiga via the SquirrelSCSI, your A1200 really does need to know who is who.
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Each device connected to your faithful SquirrelSCSI has to have a unique ID number from 0 to 7. “But that's eight PricBle5s power I devices I hear you cry, you said we ca~ have seven devices on our Squirrel, yo- fibber," Aha, he says in a 'I can get out of this easy' manner. The SquirrelSCSI itself has the SCSI ID number seven, leaving Ids zero to six for seven extra devices.
With cased devices, you usually get a push-button switch with numeric indicator for easily changing the ID of the device Well, you would for the extra forty to sixty quid you have to shell out wouldn't you?
On a bare mechanism, however, you have to set this using an electrical jumper switch on the device, which is a black squarish piece of plastic that fits over two metal prongs (usually marked as A0, A1 etc.) on the device. Not exactly difficult but slightly more hassle. Of course, you could probably get the supplier to do this for you if you ask nicely and the point is moot if you decide to buy your PowerStation with installed peripherals direct from HiQ as they will do all that for you.
NOT A WORD Strangely, the PowerStation user manual that comes with the PowerStation bundles makes no mention of setting ID numbers on bare mechanisms, although it does fully explain SCSI termination considerations, as does the SquirrelSCSI manual.
As you would expect. HiQ base their PowerStations around the often-mentioned SquirrelSCSI device. So, the question of installing the software is another aspect of getting your PowerStation and its SCSI goodies talking to your A1200. Thankfully, the SquirrelSCSI is from HiSoft who are renowned for their excellent and easy-to- follow documentation and HiQ will help with any problems when installing the necessary software, Our multimedia case worked perfectly first time after installation of the software, and a quick test backup session showed that the CD-ROM, tape streamer and our humble
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rather than getting bogged down with specific details, it’s not too difficult to appreciate what’s going on, The purpose of this month's notes then is to do three things: Firstly, provide some background info so the accounts you'll read about in your compiler manuals will, hopefully, make a little more sense. Secondly, outline the conventions used with a popular C compiler - I've chosen $ A$ C. In addition to this we’ll need an example to show how everything fits together and here I’ve opted for the simplest runable example I could think ofl The technique I'll be discussing is what you might
call the ’conventional mixed code' approach. It's based on passing function arguments on the stack, and the first step is to appreciate what happens when you place a call to a routine, say. MyFunction(), into a C source program. The compiler uses such source code statements to generate a reference to the named routine and, under normal circumstances. SAS C and many other compilers tag on an initial underscore to the function name.
The call to the function MyFunctionQ therefore has the linker searching for a routine called _MyFunction and it is this routine. If the linker is going to successfully resolve the reference, that must be provided in the assembly language module!
The code various C compilers produce when they encounter a function call does vary, but the conventions to be followed will always be detailed in the compiler manual. To start with, all you really need to be aware of is that the end result is usually Ihis month Paul Oueraa rounds off his The home stretch to notes on parameter passing mith details of an approach used rnhen writing mined- I and assembler code - If all the references and directives in the above stages are correct the rest is easy - the C source «s compiled, the assembly language code assembled, and then the modules are linked
together with the startup-COde to produce a runable program. This month’s example' (which needs to be run from a Shell command line) asks the user to type in a string, and then calls an assembly language routine called MyFurtCtion().
30SE The assembler routine performs an Exclusive-ORing (EOR) of all bytes in the string which are neither the NULL terminator nor equal to the mask value itself (thus protecting C’s definition of a string by ensuring we don't produce any NULL values within the body of the string).
Having done that, the program prints the modified string, repeats the MyFunctionQ process and prints it again. The second EORing process does, of course, result in the original input string being produced.
The thing to note is that both the start of the string and the EOR mask value are given to the assembler routine as parameters, i.e. they are provided as arguments of the MyFunctionQ function. This, in turn, means the assembler code patch has to retrieve those arguments from the stack, so here’s a run down on what has happened just prior to control entering the assembler patch.
Firstly, the arguments will have been pushed, in right to left order, onto the stack. Then, a return address will have been placed on the stack. Because my assembler patch uses a LINK a5, 0 instruction the contents of a5 are’ pushed onto the stack as well, so the result is that to access the two arguments of the C function we need to use positive offsets of 8 and 12 respectively!
Before you examine the source listings some points should be made. To start with, you will notice in the piece of assembler code provided that only the scratch registers AO and DO are used. This means that for the example, it is not necessary to preserve register contents on the stack. Despite this, I have included some movem instructions to save and restore data registers d2-d7 so you can see whereabouts in the code those save restore operations are used when registers d2-d7 are needed that any parameters present in the function call get pushed onto the stack prior to a call being made to
the equivalent subroutine. I say usually because as just mentioned, there are some qualifying conditions with compilers which allow register arguments to be used rather than the stack. SAS C, for instance, then uses an @ character, rather than an underscore, at the start of the function name.
JZL m. m. Si SI. £*3 Writing the appropriate C code is easy. It simply involves placing suitably named functions calls, with any required parameters, into the C source. This is done using normal C function conventions - you can even add your own ANSI C function prototypes to make sure the compiler makes the appropriate usage and parameter type checks!
Don’t forgot that this month's example needs to be run from a Shell window Same simple example code OBJECT CODE The next step involves writing suitable assembly language code and assembling it to produce linkable object code. A couple of assembler directives, called XDEF and XREF, have to be used to get things running smoothly.
XDEF is an assembler directive used to define assembly language labels as being visible to other modules at link time. If you forget it the assembly stage will go OK. But you’ll get errors when linking because the linker will be unable to resolve the corresponding function reference in the C code module.
XREF goes the other way, i.e. it tells the assembler that the information needed about the item in question will be imported when the assembly language module is linked, If you forget these then you'll get errors as soon as you try to assemble your code because the assembler will not realise Amiga Computing TUTORIAL The best of both worlds That s just about it as far as the mechanics of mixed coding are concerned and as you'll see when you examine the C and assembler code on this month's coverdisk, there s nothing particularly difficult about It. The benefits, however, of using this sort
of hybrid code1 approach can be significant - in short, it allows you to harness all the speed advantages of assembler In the sections of the pro* gram where it counts, while allowing you to develop the bulk of your code rapidly using a high-level language The result is that you get the best of both worlds!
Restoring the previous frame pointer to before exiting via an RTS instructions. Ag the 68000 has an unlink (UNLK) instruc intended to simplify these operations. (No that it is the job of the calling function, an not the called function, to remove an arguments from the stack).
That labels have been used whose values are unknown at assembly time.
Most assemblers, incidentally, place a limit on the number of characters within a label that will be regarded as significant.
The ANSI C compiler standard also only requires that the compiler caters for six characters with external references, although most handle more. Either check first, or don't use long names for functions and variables whose references might need to be passed between modules.
Function Entry rules: Upon entry to a function the stack, under conventional parameter passing conditions, contains the function arguments placed immediately above the long-word return address which register A7 (the stack pointer) points to.
The arguments appear in left*to-right order with the leftmost item being the one immediately above the return address. Here are some standard function entry steps which need to be carried out: the appropriate (rode is easy. It sM irate pirn; suitably named funrtions rails, mi an; rewired parameters, into the t soirre. This is done using normal (function wenfons
1. Save register A5. Which contains the previous function’s stack
frame pointer.
The best idea is to push it onto the stack!
2. Copy the contents of A7 into A5.
Thereby establishing a frame pointer for the current function which allows you to access the arguments indirectly using the A5 base value.
3. Subtract any stack work area needed from A7.
) assembler_code.s - associated assembler patch These Steps can, if the work area required is less than 32K, be achieved with the 68000's LINK instruction. Lattice SAS expects registers D2-D7, A2-A4 and A6 to be intact on return so if any of these registers are to be used, they must be preserved.
Again, it is common practice to place them on the stack. The above stack- oriented procedure forms the basis of a powerful general parameter passing technique and it’s well worth learning about.
Function return values are passed back in one or more registers, depending on the loop: Listing 2: With this flit!
Assembler patch the parameter data Zl Collected from the stack!
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HyFunftionUnput string, EOMask); 2nd EOR operation printfCIs Is
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byte tst.b (aO) cbeck it beq nit quit if HULL ttriinitor cap.b
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Biq loop if TES don't EOR it eor.b dO,(iO) safe to convert bra loop keep going ¦even.1 (sp)*,d2-d7 nonally ukert ue restore regs uni k i$ rts beck to C Return Type Size Pass Back Details char 8 low byte of DO short 16 low word of DO long 32 all of DO float 32 all of DO pointer 32 all of DO double (IEEE) 64 passed in DO and D1 with high bits in DO double (FFP) 32 all of DO data type declared for the function in question. Here are the return value details that must be adhered to (see above).
Having set up the required return value, the routine needs to reverse its entry steps - restoring the registers, advancing the A7 stack pointer past the work area, and
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Your essential guide to Amiga gaming System Spotlight Under the Vlrocop I - World Championship Edition International Golf Tactical Manger 2 System Analysis Beat the System Still stuck on RPG adventure. Ishar 3?
Take a look at our cheat guide Preview - Star Crusader We take a sneak preview of Gametek’s forthcoming space combat simulator Preview - Wheelspin Hang your fluffy dice on the dash and rev your engine as we take a look at Black Legend's racer Preview - Timekeepers Vulcan Software's puzzler previewed System Essentials Bargains galore - the latest budgets rounded up and reviewed Audiogenic have upgraded their original World Class Rugby game with a '95 version. This update includes all the squads from the 16 countries that made it to the 1995 Rugby World Cup finals. The new version also allows
you to enter your own teams and save them to disk.
It covers all the major elements of rugby union such as line-outs, penalties and conversions, and the advantage rule has also been included. You can play against a human or computer and a tournament mode allows a multi-player option.
Rugby special, the World Cup way Two views are available to play the game in.
Zoom-In allows a close-up view of the action whereas Zoom-Out provides a more strategic angle You can also watch replays at any time and then save them to disk.
The game will be available for £19.99 and is compatible with all 1Mb Amigas. Owners of the original, however, can upgrade for £9.99 (+ £1.25 p&p) directly from Audiogenic, enclosing the bar code from the game or by quoting the 13-digit bar code number. Audiogenic are at: Unit 27, Christchurch Industrial Centre, Wealdstone, Harrow HA3 8NT Please mark as 'Rugby '95 Offer.'
Sensible Golf - ready, willing and able system o The eagerly anticipated Sensible Golf is ready to hit the shops and it's looking pretty spectacular! The usual Sensi sprites are used and the overall feel is of a fun, high- quality title that can either be played as an arcade game or as a realistic sim. Take part in full tournaments or for novices to the sport, you can work on your skills on the practice holes.
We'll be bringing you a full review next month, but in the meantime take a look at these screenshots.
Mm theme. Tina Hackett dons her trainer t to bring you up-to-date with what’s in the Amiga games world Budget bonanza Digital Integration have some more bargain buys in store for the penny-con- scious. First on the schedule is MegaTraveller 2 - Quest for the Ancients. It's an RPG adventure where you must save the planet Rhlanor from destruction. A toxic slime is pouring out of the ancient ruins and you have a quest to find out what is causing it.
There are 127 worlds to discover, each having over 500,000 square miles to explore. Ten different starships are available and you'll have a good range of weapons and armour to choose from.
Next up is International Sports Challenge, a sports simulation with over six different sports and 21 events. One to four players can take part in a variety of sports ranging from cycling and clay pigeon shooting to running a marathon.
MicroProse's submarine simulator, SubWar 2050, is also on the schedule. Set in 2050AD, the seas have become a vital source of food and energy, and sabotage is commonplace as the battle to defend underwater territory ensues. You play a mercenary sub pilot testing your skill in underwater combat and learning moves such as Knuckles and Deep Dives.
Rm i 5ubWar 2050 is priced £16.99, while International Sports Challenge and MegaTraveller 2 are £14.99. ¦ *J 327 tolaif ryaiM r~ Hot shots A September release is planned for the sequel to one of the most popular football management games ever. Oliver Collyer's Championship Manager sold over 250.000 copies and now Domark have taken the suggestions of players of the original and incorporated them into this new game.
The follow-up will feature an international angle, so as well as being able to play in domestic management, you can also take part in the European Championships or the World Cup and the like, and you can manage any International side. It also promises to be Evcrton Squad
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As stats packed as ever and includes things such as key tackles won per player, to shots on target. A very Fantasy football Ascon's excellent football management sim. On the Ball - On the Ball also concentrates on giving the game a World Cup Edition, is being released this summer on budget. This new style of sim replaced all the screens of stats usually found in management sims, and replaced them with a more visually appealing approach. Different locations, shown as scanned watercolours, are used to provide the interface, and animations give a realistic match day feel.
Human touch, with each player having their own personality traits, so you'll have to manage them accordingly. You can also choose to play any team you wish in your bid for the World Cup. Priced at £12.99, On the Ball will be available this summer.
Another Doom competitor on the way. This time from Polish team, Union Interactive After months of Amiga owners practically drooling over Doom and Doom 2 on friends Pcs, we can finally have our own version - we hope. Up until now, there’s only been the rather disappointing Death Mask but things look set to change with three, four, possibly five contenders on their way - Team 17 have Alien Breed, Manyk have Fears, and Black Magic have Gloom. And now a Polish team called Union Interactive have two games of this genre on the horizon.
One is called Switchworld and looks to be the usual big gun, gloomy corridors, kill monsters thing. The storyline revolves around the fact that a dictator planned to conquer the world with biomutants but thanks to the international police, he failed. However, he was never caught and has decided to go back in time to create more biomutants. Or something. Anyway, it's now up to you to travel through the five episodes, killing everything in sight.
Their second offering is Behind the Iron gate, another quite similar game that uses this 3D. First-person perspec tive. It's going to be A500 and still promises to run at a fair old speed. As well as the shoot-'em-up aspect, it also will have an RPG adventure angle to it.
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You will notice later in this section a review of a rather nifty pinballer called Obsession. It’s really rather good and has earned itself 87 per cent. Please note, though, that it can only be obtained from Merlin. They can be contacted at PO Box 77, Stroud. Gloucestershire GL6 9YD.
Obsession is priced at £29.95. Thanks for your response to our surveys. After careful consideration we've decided to re-design the games section. This way, we can more accurately address the needs of our readers in what they'd like to see in System. We are also aiming to bring the section more in line with the rest of the magazine.
Reviews will be more concise and analytical, previews will give you an insight into the making of the games and where appropriate, we'll be bringing you more technical information.
As always, our reviews will be of finished products only and we'll also provide you with better compatibility information, thus enabling you to make more informed choices on buying a game. Get ready for the new look System next month.
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gamers. Not for long though, as we send out the team to report
the many missions of Ishar 3 To begin with, you must go and see
Alstar who is standing opposite, and he will indicate where
Typhus Mernith's Observatory is on the map. This is your first
task. Before you set off, buy some lime-blossom tea from the
shop a little way along the southern ramparts of the rich town.
In the first street you will encounter some bandits. Go in to the inn to enrol some companions before fighting, and when you defeat them, search them for money.
Head towards the rich town. There is only one way in and it is located on the western side, between two porches. You must buy a necklace for 4000 PO from the big guard at the entrance or you will be refused entry. Afterwards, put the necklace on.
Ass Your next step is to find Typhus, give him the lime blossom tea and recover the playing card. He indicates where Mather Fudis is on the map. Once you arrive at the indicated place, take the scroll on the ground and read it, then set off towards the mentioned inn.
On arrival, you must listen. Erkh Moltus is speaking to you, buy him some food and listen again, and answer YES to the question.
At Mather's, don't accept to go out give him the card when he says OUT, Wait to see the gate and click on it to go through.
In the garden, go eastwards to find a passage, but you will have to kill the bear before you can proceed through the passage, Travel south for a long way and then when your route is blocked. You will come across a racoon on a rock. Take its scroi then pick up the mushrooms from the forest. Head back towards Mather and give hid the scroll. You must then pick up the key.
Go to the house indicated on the map. Fetch the magic flask and the pendant and!
Put the pendant on. Go to the inn, south of the theatre. Listen, then recover thd Keionia powder. Buy the other potions in the shops and mix them all together in thd magic flask, Go back to the racoon, give him the potion, recover the talisman and headl Find Typhus and give him the lime blossom tea and recover the playing card to advance to the next stage The rich town is located on the western side of the map. Between two porches Hoad towards the Inn. You must go to sleep and eventually begin to dream mint IMS r md lls- to see ar first ¦n east scroll, e him it, and er the in the J head back
towards the town. Go to the theatre in the very south of the rich town and enter after 7pm. Listen to Gulnar, give him the talisman you received from the racoon, wait for the gate to appear at 2 am. Then proceed through.
In the jungle pick up a crystal. Go south-east and find the tribe with the chief - they are called the ’East End Lads'. Fight and kill the ch»ef in the jungle you may encounter several leopards. Kill them and take their skins which you can sell for huge amounts of money to the shopkeepers of the town.
Head back through the theatre gate. In the jungle, go east then south to find the meteor near the North wall. Put the m-ss-ng ptece found in the jungle on it, and a gate appears. Go through.
Before heading towards the mountains you must buy some fur coats to keep warm.
When you get there, find the time machine which is located towards the north-west.
Put the crystal on it and go back into towr There will be many beasts in your way!
Find a gate which has just appeared in the north-western part of town - go through it before 12 noon. Your next task is to free the princess in captivity - she is held in the dungeon. In the dungeon there will be a fireball in the very first corridor, wait for it to pass, then quickly turn right and then take the first right to enter the underground cavern.
At the fork turn left. You will have to battle against hoards of skeletons to continue. Take the third turning on the left to activate a lever in the dead-end. You can walk about through the whole cavern to pick up all the main essentials - bread, money and weapons. Head back towards the entrance to the cavern and climb the Stairs to return to the dungeon. There will be more opponents in your way, each one becoming stronger as the game goes on. These must be defeated.
GOING DOWN You will eventually find the princess in a room with lava, and you must pass on the three slabs which cause the cage to go down. If you pass on four, the cage falls, on two, it's too high. There will be more opponents in your way once again. When you have freed her enlist her help and head back into town.
Go and sleep in an inn. In a dream, a character tells you to go to a house which he indicates on the map. Go in front of his house and take the key from the fountain. Go into the house and you will find five guard's uniforms, Put these on. Head towards the palace with the disguise on so you can get in. You must remove the helmet in front of Zoltar and enlist his help. Return to the forest and Zoltar and Thina will leave.
Head back into town once again. Mather will give you a crystal which you must place on the time machine in the mountains.
Return into town, and you will find yourself in mountains in a different era. You will find a belt in the snow. Return once again back into town. Put on the magic belt and return to tbe forest. Look for and pick up a magic sword - it will be right in the heart of the jungle.
Go east and at the end, head south. You will find a house with Zoltar's son and his wife, a sorceress. She has the powers to protect you from your final enemy - the dragon.
You will find the dragon in an underground cavern. You must walk on the paving stones marked with a circle in a certain order - seven stones must be activated to gain access. You will eventually reach a door which will lead to the dungeon; go through it after 12 noon. To defeat him from a distance, use the maximum number of arrows and the ice-doud spell. If you're up close, you must position yourself so that the fire protection spell is always active.
You must give first aid to your companions after each blow struck by the dragon.
Regeneration potions are indispensable. Eventually you will defeat him, putting an end to Shandar's evil acts. You will then have proved yourself against the greatest warrior of all.
Tips to help along the way To move forward in time, simultaneously press; CTRL + ALT + A ? Move mouse completely to the left of the screen and click the left mouse button.
To return life points to the maximum, simultaneously press; CTRL + ALT + V ? Move mouse completely to the left of the screen and click the left mouse button.
When you are creating your team, choose five human beings distributed as follows; 3 Knights-errant 1 scholar (with 16 in strength, constitution, agility and wisdom) 1 Magician (with 15 in strength, constitution, agility and intelligence).
The most eagerly awaited golf game on the Amiga is here.
Why the wait?
Find out.. ™ H iiHDacn Basically, the idea behind Super Loopz is to join the different blocks that fall onto the grid to create continuous loops. There is a time limit to put down each piece, and if you can't place it you lose a life.
The game can be played by using a one or two-button joystick, a CD32 controller or a mouse. The joystick seems to be the easiest, and when the piece drops onto the playfield you can rotate the shape by pressing fire and right, then when it is in the position you want, press fire and left. However, once it is in position it is permanent. The bigger the loop you can make, the more points you'll get.
Super Loopz has a variety of different sections to play. The arcade game can be played by one or two players, and you must make ten loops to progress on to the next level. Three bonus games can be accessed by completing different missions.
You can also play a challenge game which means you can pit your wits against an opponent. You each get a separate grid and the winner is the one who scores the most points.
There is a puzzle option too which involves being shown a complete loop with some of the pieces then dropping off one by one. You have to watch carefully because you have to remember where they go and replace them.
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Sound for golf games is fairly non-existent - featuring merely the odd swoosh of the club and a bird or two tweeting along in the background. All these effects have been included which makes the game an absolute pleasure to play. The actual sampled tweets of the birds are the best I've heard on any game of this genre, beating MicroProse Golf hands down - as far as tweets go.
These are the 18 holes of the Riviera Country Club course. They all look incredibly challenging rnnni E5S1 Overall then, a nicely presented game which may not have the depth of MicroProse or PGA, but the actual gameplay is very different by managing to sustain an arcade feel.
After each shot you have to alter your positioning, club, power and height of the shot all by yourself, without any help from the computer whatsoever, whereas other golf Sims give you a little help by lining you up with the hole and selecting a suitable club.
One aspect of the game which became frustrating is that it fails to give you the yardage for the clubs. Prior knowledge of golf is absolutely essential, which unfortunately I do not posses. Consequently, I was frequently over hitting the bail.
There are two courses included in the game and an option to install new ones when they are released. There's also a tournament option and a two-player game. It's certainly not short of ideas.
Incidentally, a demo of International Golf is being released as public domain by Saddletramps PD. This, perhaps, is a better idea than hurrying the process and releasing the game at full price. Summit Software should have waited for a response on the demo and then acted accordingly.
As it stands, it’s a good first attempt at full price software, and one that shouldn't be overlooked. If you're into the finer side of golf it could be a worthwhile buy.
International Graphically, International Golf is fairly good, The action is viewed top-down, with well-drawn trees accompanied by the obvious golfy scenery. The scrolling is nice and smooth too, leaving me with no particular major gripes at all. But - there's always one
- the overall look and feel gives a very PD impression, if you
know what I mean. The reason behind this is because the actual
developers are a PD team called Saddletramps PD. They will
obviously need time to make the move from PD up to full price,
but I'm afraid it shows up a little too much for me.
The graphics aren't as polished as say.
Sensible Golf, and the whole feel gives an impression of being programmed in Amos.
Most newcomers to the market encounter these problems and usually move onto another programming language to get the best results from their particular genre of game, However, as Summit Software have obviously tried very hard I shouldn't really knock them.
If golf is your game and you like a good 18 holes of planning what clubs to use, power and accuracy all by yourself, without any help from the computer, then graphics don't particularly come into it. Unless, of course, you like to take in the scenery on your way to the next hole.
On the box the game boasts superb colour graphics featuring a full rotoscoped golfer. Yes, maybe, but it still looks like public domain.
91 From the makers ofSensible Soccer and Cannon Fodder comeslhe best golf game in ages.
1 • Join up to eight friends and marvel at the gorgeous graphics and smooth scrolling scenery.
I • Play at any of 24 original courses.
J • Available for Amiga & PC.
© 1994 Sensible Softwore. ® 1994 Virgin Intwortive fnlertoinmenl (Europe) ltd. Virgin is 9 rtgitttrrd IrodtPOfk of Virgin Enterprises ltd. Ail rights (IWfYtd.
Move closer The game will be controlled via a mouse and a set of icons that you simply dick on according to the action you wish your platoon members to carry out. Click on the appropriate icon and then paste it on to an empty square on the screen. When a character walks onto to it, he will perform this order.
I. A helpful 'Rubber' feature which allows you to erase a pasted
action 2 to 5. The direction arrows make the character walk
the appropriate way
6. Click on the dock to make your troop wait there for a period
7. Using the shoe will enable a character to jump over the object
in front
8. Use the spanner to operate an object
9. Teeth make your character act aggressively
10. Lightning will allow you to replay a previous level
II. These icons tell you whether your men are alive, dead or have
safely moved on to the next level
12. Keep an eye on the level indicator to see how many levels
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_QQQQQ_ system -ol Time keepers D Tina Hacked takes a look
at Vulcan Software's tarthamiig project, Timekeepers. Tins Is
definitely a game for those with a penchant for poulerc ulcan
Software, renowned for their Valhalla speech adventure games,
are embarking on a new series for Amiga owners. Called The
Mini Series' it will consist of a range of quality titles
at very low prices, from £12.99 to £15.99. Vulcan are
concentrating on their mail order service which allows them
to sell their own 0 brand more cheaply, The games will cover
a variety of genres and each will have , a data disk shortly
after its 0 initial release.
Timekeepers is the first of these games and is of
- the puzzler strategy kind.
Graphically, it's very reminiscent of their Valhalla games, and those who’ve played their first foray into Amiga gaming will instantly recognise the distinctive Vulcan style which uses a combination of dark, murky shades to provide an original, and interesting, approach.
The characters of the game, the rather miniature Lemming-esque type race, are the Timekeepers. They are a police force who were established to protect the 4th dimension from a psychotic warlord. His aim is to destroy the entire human race and intends to do so by planting nuclear devices throughout the course of history. He has hidden four of his most powerful yet in four zones - Stoneage, Medieval, Vietnam and Space. Commander Seymour of the Timekeepers knows of the bombs' whereabouts and must send teams into the lands to locate and disarm them.
You take charge of the Timekeepers and have to guide the platoon through the levels, avoiding the obstacles placed in your way - rivers, minefields, trapdoors and 'the enemy' will all prove treacherous.
When your men find the nuclear devices you will have to instruct them to disarm them, and the amount of men you need to do this depends on the complexity of the device. The number in your platoon also depends on how many men survived the last level.
ACTIONS The characters act independently to given situations and while they have a certain degree of intelligence, they also act with a great deal of stupidity!
On the one hand, they will walk into even the most obvious disasters, but on the other, if you issue them with an impossible order they will look up in disbelief and walk in the opposite direction. They will also do this if they bump into another member of the platoon.
The game will be controlled via an icon system (see boxout) and when all 16 levels have been explored, and the four bombs disposed of, the game is finished.
Fans of the game will then be able to purchase a data disk providing an extra 64-level challenge.
Vulcan Software divided the games-playing world with their last releases, so much so that scores ranged from the low 20s to an amazing 90. Although a puzzler game, it does look distinctively 'Vulcan,' so it will be very interesting to see whether Timekeepers has the same effect on reviewers and public alike.
Timekeepers will be available this summer for all Amigas and we'll hopefully be bringing you the full review next month.
As you can imagine, the majority of the game involves negotiating platforms and blasting the enemies and viruses into oblivion. There are a range of 20 different weapons at your disposal, from twin missile launchers to flame-throwers. The shots you'll need to kill an enemy depend on the size and strength of it. Some may be killed with one straight bullet, others with a mortar bomb, for example.
To finish a level you must exterminate a certain amount of viruses, so the game can be played in either of two ways. One is to rush through all the levels, avoiding enemy fire and Vi rocop INTRODUCTION F. irst impressions of shoot-'em-up Virocop would suggest a fairly young audience.
However, further investigation of the game reveals more to it than first appears. It's a mixture of shooter platformer - a genre that has somehow been neglected on the Amiga of late - and has been created with such fine attention to detail that it looks set to shine.
Behind the game are the talented Graftgold team, renowned for such hits as Uridium. Fire and Ice, and Rainbow Islands.
Graphics are of an extremely high standard and an excellent 3D environment not only looks good but enhances the gameplay. Each level varies from the Sports zone to Military, and all contain enemies appropriate to the theme. Sports, for example, contains deadly snooker balls and animated enemies related to the level. There are also men bouncing around the zone on space hoppers - remember them? Round, plastic bubble creatures filled with air that you could hop around on.
Sound-wise, Virocop is nothing exceptional. You are offered the choice between in-game music or just the sound effects. The music changes to fit in with the levels and varies from the predictable happy-go-lucky bounce-along tunes for the Sports level, to the more dramatic such as on the Adventure level.
Stereo sound is available when the music is switched off, so the effects are routed to the left or right channel depending on the event on screen.
Most of the sound effects, as you'd expect, are a range of shots, bangs and explosions, but apart from that it is quite limited.
All levels look good but the adventure scenario, which is the bonus level for the A1200, is particularly good and has a mixture of wizards and evil robots. Even small details such as flame torches burning on the walls show the attention to detail that has been given.
The main sprite is fairly basic and looks rather like a banana-coloured R2D2! Still, he has been rather nicely animated despite his small dimensions so that, for example, if you leave him standing, he lets off steam.
His moves actually look robotic too and as his head moves independently to his body, which is the firing part, it adds to the gameplay!!
Liint ms Virocop sets the scenario of a virtual-holiday theme park, You play D.A.V.E. - Digital Armoured Virus Exterminator - who has been given the arduous task of ridding the park of viruses that have taken over and are causing havoc on the game Disk.
Stopping to kill just the viruses, or you can go at a more slower pace and kill baddies as you see them. However, the more points you earn, the more chance you have of earning an extra life. Bonus lives can be discovered on the levels and are also awarded at 10,000, 40,000 points and so on.
D. A.V.E. runs on a battery which is drained as he is damaged.
Pick-ups can be collected to replenish it and you'll need to
be able to judge when you need them as you can't collect
energy you can’t use. There's also some kind of puzzle angle
to the game as you have to figure out how to move certain
platforms and which switches do what.
The game zones had been set up on the GameDisk 12 years ago and the public and press were sceptical about the idea of buying virtual time-share experiences in another place without having to go there. The concept eventually caught on though, and soon imitations were springing up everywhere, although none were as big as the GameDisk.
But then it all goes horribly wrong when something breaks into the GameDisk. Giant viruses spread across the game zones feeding off the power, and spreading rapidly all the time. D.A.V.E, the Virocop is called for.
Usually the best cure fur a virus is bed rest, TIC and chicken suup. But when a computer gets sick a more radical remedy is required. Tina Hackett introduces
D. A.V.E, the robotic hero of Grafgold’s latest Piklisher: Warner
lileractive Dneliper: M0 Disks. 3 PriK; £25.99 Genre:
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68000 upwards I 001300 '7 9 ji There isn't really a game like
Virocop to compare it to. It's a cross between a shoot-'em-up
and a platformer, and the nearest I can think of to describe
Virocop is a cutesy Alien Breed.
According to older colleagues, there was a sim- ilar game on the C64 some years ago - although no-one can remember its name!
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M lr -v:-: ' - v, vrv rvFvT Virocop comes across as a very polished game and what it doesn't have in sophistication, it makes up for in gameplay.
Two-player mode, though, is by far the best option, As well as the usual turn-based system, you have a team mode where one player takes charge of the head and firing while the other controls the body and movement. At first this takes some getting used to, but as you progress this is definitely one of the most fun multi-player methods I've played.
Virocop is not the sort of game that will grab you immediately as it isn't particularly striking, but play it for a while and try the two-player team mode and you'll find a game that has playability in abundance. * GOLD award It's not the thinking man's' title by any stretch of the imagination, but for the trigger happy this is a title of high quality and provides a great long-term challenge.
There are a range of weapons available and each enemy requires a different approach : BRAZILIAN GP LAP TINE:00'00M00 BEST LHP: LAP:1 2 D AflM WM jg-nil mm No one is going to be impressed with F1 World Championship from the word go - not unless they've only just upgraded from a C64 anyway.
It's done nothing to build on the racing game graphics of years past, and initially it seems to offer little more in terms of gameplay either.
Despite these strong criticisms, however, F1 somehow manages to draw the player back for more, thanks to more depth in the gameplay than initially meets the eye.
The fact that the tracks are modelled realistically on their real world counterparts is an attractive feature that should appeal, particularly to Grand Prix fans. Even if you’ve never watched motor sports in your life, however, the variety of challenges from simple fast circuits like Brazil San Paulo to the tortuous bends of Monaco add an extra dimension to the challenge.
Unlike most racing games - including the state- of-the-art arcade hit Daytona Racing - this title actually gives some sense of the tactics of motor sport. Passing cars, for example, can be a matter of bidding your time until the right opportunity arises, because on a crowded stretch the player simply won't be able to overtake as soon as they want to.
Before the race begins, players are advised to consult the weather report and the map of the Tu ith Skidmarks, ATR and Roadkill |i behind us, and Turbotrax and INTRODUCTION ¦ Till Wheelspin still to come, it seems 1 Am'9a developers have forgotten V ft m how to program anything other than the overhead racer. Many of them boast tried and tested quality gameplay, but this constant rehash of the same product must be tiring even the most dedicated fan of the genre.
A change is long overdue, so the imminent release of F1 World Championship has raised some interest. It's certainly not a breath of fresh air in terms of originality, but at least it marks the return of the long-absent race simulator with its realistic on-the-track view.
Power ups. Wacky cars and off-road scenery have been abandoned in F1 World Championship in favour of realistic racing with pit stop tactics. The question is, can Domark make the old formula shine once more?
Track as this will affect the way the car should be set up. Drivers can choose different tyres to suit weather conditions and varying drag-factors to trade off speed for grip on the more arduous circuits.
The handling of the car, however, is perhaps the most important matter when it comes to making a successful racing game, and fortunately FI is reasonably accomplished in this area. Unlike some games which demand that the player goes flat out round the circuit to even have a chance of winning, a driver in F1 has to get used to anticipating tight bends by breaking. Other realistic touches include the need to refuel and change worn tyres - otherwise you'll be forced to retire.
Different game modes allow players to race in knockout contests or go for longer-term championships in which there is both a driver and a car constructors' scoreboard. This, again, adds a touch of strategy to the action, because the thought of maintaining points will make players think twice about racing on with worn tyres just to snatch first place.
Incidentally, we actually dug out a Logic Freewheel and some foot pedals and connected them to FI. Not surprisingly this wasn't a totally satisfying experiment, though they did work to a certain extent.
FI World After the recent glut of overhead race-’em-ups, the 3D race simulator makes a return in the form of Domark’s latest release.
Gareth lofthouse tests whether FI World Championship has got enough juice to snatch pole position Racing games just don't seem to inspire the average developer when it comes to audio effects. Providing they've got some impression of the roar of the engine, they don't seem to bother with much else - the only notable recent exception being Roadkill with its more original background sound.
FI isn't terrible but the engine noise is more of a buzz than a 'vroom' and crashes sound more like a tinkle than the noise of tearing metal, Other effects include skidding and a tinny clanking when bumping into opposition cars. What is quite satisfying, however, is the convincing sound effect that accompanies a gear change - trivial it may be, but it actually makes the player feel more in control of the car ampionship Edition We might have hoped that the Amiga's capabilities would have been squeezed to push F1 to the forefront graphically - after all, visuals are fairly important in
such an action-dominated genre - but unfortunately, Domark's efforts on this front are at best average.
The problem is that it all looks rather dated. In the far distance, buildings rotate as you turn through bends, and signposts and barriers rush by on the edge of the track, but it fails to give the impression of racing through anything remotely like a real landscape.
The lack of detail isn't entirely a bad thing, however, since it's allowed the game to run at a high speed. This means that though the scenery is rather basic, it blurs by at such a blistering rate that your attention is firmly centred on just holding onto the road.
Initially, it appears that the tracks are going to be flat, but on later levels players do get the impression of rising and falling over small hills and dips - though since these are based on proper race tracks this effect is not overly dramatic. Furthermore, because the races take place all around the world, the developers have introduced a reasonable amount of variety from location to location.
There are also appropriate weather conditions for each of the countries, so races can take place in bright sunlight, driving rain or under overcast skies - but though this works well in terms of gameplay, it's crudely implemented as far as graphics are concerned.
Another complaint can be levelled at the poorly detailed cars - however, at least your driver’s hands move on the wheel and it's possible to view the action from within or behind the player's car Two-player mode works using the standard horizontally-split screen and appears to maintain all the pace of the one-player challenge - a quality not to be sniffed at when you consider how important human versus human games are in the racing genre.
Other functional but effective graphic features include the track map which shows the player's car in red in contrast to all the other cars. This facility gives drivers a good idea of how clear they are from the rest of the field - or, more usually, how much work they have to do to catch up, The introductions, the pit stops, option screens and all the other wrapping material that surrounds a game in F1 are typically unimpressive too, especially when compared to the stunningly rendered introduction accompanying Roadkill. But then at the end of the day, it's the game itself that counts.
____ BRAZILIAN GP I j LAP TIME:01103H5§ BEST LAP:02112"72 Ma) LAP!3 5 V*-- POS;16 16 Domark would have done this game a lot more justice if they insisted on having the graphics and sound brought up to date, because deep down there's actually an enjoyable game to be played.
Unfortunately, a lot of people won't bother to persevere with FI because it seems so visually slap dash. Those who are unmotivated by the gloss of most modern games, however, can find a racing challenge that holds more than average levels of tactical depth.
Nevertheless, the Amiga market needed a more rounded title to lift the standard of action gaming at the moment, and FI just doesn't deliver. Beating Microprose's similarly-named racing game was always going to be tough, and unfortunately Domark just weren't up to it on this occasion.
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The amount of statistics and detail was almost certainly the main attraction - followed by intense gameplay and lastability. The idea was to produce an in-depth, realistic football management game which was more like a database of statistics rather than a presentational feast littered with gorgeous graphics and sound. A no-frills management game was their aim, and their aim has just been reached.
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dard, the sheer depth of the game is where it all begins to
The intensity to which Tactical Manager stretches is enormous. You'll spend endless hours searching through the many menus to change various aspects for your next game.
Everything you find in real football is here - and very realistically too. All the basic aspects of football are obviously included, and team selections and transfers are just the tip of the iceberg.
You can select any players on your team to act as either ball-winners, playmakers or goal-hangers, and you even get to select one of the opposing players to mark - to completely put him out of the game.
One strange feature that has never been included in any game of this genre before is the Pools - you can choose home wins, away wins and draws to come up with the The game is already very successful among Play-By-Mail users. This is a postal football management game which hundreds of people enter, trying to take their team to Premiership glory. This is how it works.
The author of a Play-By-Mail will recruit managers to play in the league, appointing them to various teams. The idea for the public is to transact through the author to win the league. Once the public has selected their team formations and changes they return the information back to the author - who inputs all the data on to Tactical Manager 2. The results will be determined and then sent back to the public to inform them of their position within the game.
Why? You may be asking. Well, it's a special blend of the love of English football and money. Yes, it does cost to take part in these leagues - sometimes as little as £1 every week. Tactical Manager can be used as a starter to help you run one of these leagues, instead of the usual four-player option you find in the football management games of today, 40 people can easily be entered to play one game of Tactical Manager 2.
Jackpot. The amount of detail in this game is unexplainable and cannot be described on these two pages alone, and this is what makes it so special.
Most people will turn their1 nose up at the first sight of Tactical Manager 2 and the immediate impression will be reasonably bad because of the way it looks. Anyone who takes the time to get into the actual game itself will realise what hidden talent it possesses.
Real football fanatics who would be interested in all the realism and statistical features of football will love it to death. The amount of detail is astonishing, probably the most in-depth I've ever seen in any football management simulation yet. The presentation may not be as polished as say, On The Ball or Premier Manager, but for detail, Tactical Manager comes top of the league.
Fl 1 WM igital Illusions series of pin- ball games have somewhat ruled the roost as far as Amiga pinball games go - some have even hailed them as the definitive pin- ballers. So maybe it comes as a bit of a surprise then to learn of a new challenger on the market from Swedish team. Unique Developments, with Amiga development from Blade. The game originally came out on the ST and I happened to review it for St Review magazine.
Back then I awarded it a massive 98 per cent, and said it was 'the best ST game ever!' So I awaited the Amiga version with glee.
However, the Amiga market is another kettle of fish altogether, and after being spoilt by Digital Illusions previous offerings, I wasn't quite sure where Obsession would fit in with the state of play. So to be fair when marking this game, it has to be scored in relation to others available.
Obsession Msk I Flippers *t the ready as you ping the ball around the Aquatic Adventure table i
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Money will be given to you at two stages - the Hundring Ramp and the Speed Passage. To get a really high score, though, you must finish each stage as either the first or second car, and to increase your place in the race you need to go through the Place Passage.
Balb and Bats; Two-play modes are available for this Baseball-themed game.
In Normal Mode you just play the ball around the table, collecting a score. In Pitching Mode you shoot the ball into the Pitcher's Box which halts the game for a few seconds and the Pitcher throws the ball at you, either as a Fast Ball, Slow Ball or Curve Ball. You must then use the flippers as bats to hit the ball.
X-lla Zon«: On this table you have a series of missions to complete before you can go ahead and kill the enemy tribe leader. The nine missions are displayed in the middle of the table and to complete one you must light 'Death' and shoot the ball into the Mission Ball Trap.
Aquatic Advantura: Try and spell 'Dive' and then you can go onto to do one of two things. You can either increase the Bonus Multiplier at the bottom of the table or enter a Dive Mission where there are five to complete, from Deep Dive to Submarine Hunt. The Starfish ball trap also gives extra awards such as bonus points or an extra ball.
Obsession, far from being the latest after shave from Calvio Nleie, is a pinballer from Swedish team, Ueiqee Developments.
Pinball Wiiard lina Hackett takes a look Aquatic Adventure is, believe it or not, a sea-related table and tells the story of Bobby Bubble, an adventurer who has escaped from Captain Notpolites dungeons, stolen his map and his heading for the Sitnalta archipelagos. He ends up on a strange island and takes a dive into the waters. He then has to find the treasure before he ends up as fish food.
But little does he realise that the Captain is watching him from his submarine.
X-ile Zone, on the other hand, is a futuristic table. It's set in 2058 after a nuke attack and your mission is to kill the enemy leader, after completing a number of missions.
Balls and Bats has a sporty theme and puts you in the role of a world-class baseball player. You are taking part in the World Series - the pressure is on and the whole team are counting on you.
Desert Run deals with life in the fast lane. You must get from Paris to Dakar as you leave the roads and try to earn the title 'Desert Runner.'
Again, these are fitting to the theme of the table such as the dark, moody X-ile Zone which has a mysterious introduction tune and then as the ball sets off around the table, a louder beat kicks in.
A nice range of voice samples have also been included, for example, in Balls and Bats you get the Americanised baseball slogan 'Play Ball' or 'Strike.' Sound effects such as the flippers hitting the ball and bells ringing when you hit certain lights work well too.
Other pinball games available for the Amiga are from Digital Illusions and these have sold in abundance and gained many fans. Obsession is an excellent game in its own right, but I'm afraid it is let down against Pinball Illusions because it doesn't have multi-ball. Also, an extra set of flippers, even on just one table, would made a hell of a lot of difference. Music, although very impressive, isn't as good.
Saying that, though, the graphics are very impressive for a game of this nature, especially as this is isn't the AGA version.
N There are four tables available and each has a different theme, varying immensely from the dark, foreboding atmosphere of X-ile Zone to the jovial Sports theme.
Each table is bright and colourful and are pieces of art in their own right - well in a 'streetwise' way! This is because of the airbrushed look that is reminiscent of graffiti art or even pop art. The overall effect is of a very modern style and all work brilliantly as backdrops for this sort of game. The tracks for the balls have been well designed too and provide an exciting challenge for the player, as well as being clearly set out so as not to cause confusion. Animations, lights and traps all add to the realism.
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& This is a very able pinballer, it has to be said. It doesn't have the glamour of Pinball Illusions, but it certainly gives it a run for its money.
Obsession comes across as a very authentic pin game. The ball moves at the right speed and feels like the correct weight, flippers respond well to the keyboard controls and the tilt feature - left, right and middle - works nicely.
The eight-player mode allows for some %T.J excellent multi-player competitions and there are a good deal of missions per table. Other than the objectives I've briefly mentioned here, there are also 'special' aims that will earn you extra bonuses. It all makes the game highly addictive and lasts even the pinball wizards a good while.
This version is available for all Amigas, though a new AGA version is promised soon.
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ships and bases will prove to be particularly tough targets,
though knowledge of their blind spots will help players gun for
the kill Gametek hope to bring ut the most graphically advanced
game in the genre, though how successful they've been remains
to be $ t Originally designed for the PC Human Soft have taken
responsibility for the Amiga version A Temred fighter
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to fly Star Crusader will feature numerous weird and wonderful
3D creations
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Amiga. Gareth Lofthouse previews GameteTs vision of outer space
Since the game forces players to make important judgements about the conflict they're involved in. In the middle of the adventure, for example, players must decide whether to continue to serve the expansionist Gorene Empire, or whether their sympathies lie instead with the alliance of alien races struggling to maintain its independence.
The background to Star Crusade is as follows. The Gorene Empire dominates the known universe and seeks constantly to expand its influence whenever it encounters a new alien race. To some, the Gorenes are seen as conquerors, but they see themselves as liberators and educators of the universe.
The Gorenes have encountered an alliance of aliens in the Ascalon Rift that are fiercely protective of their independence. The player begins the game as a pilot in the elite Gorene Gold Squadron and is charged with the task of forcing the alien alliance's surrender within three months. But the game becomes a good deal more complicated as events progress, and the player must eventually decide whether to Elite started it all off. Back in the early '80s, the forefather of all space combat simulators was inspiring awe from anyone who owned the good old BBC micro, and to this day it's hard to think
of a bigger landmark in the history of entertainment software.
Unsurprisingly for such a successful game, it spawned so many inferior imitations that the formula was in danger of becoming stale. In order to give their new outer space flight sim a new edge, therefore, Gametek have aimed to create a unique experience that will combine elements of strategy and storytelling along with the state-of-the-art 3D technology we've come to expect from the genre.
As the name suggests. Star Crusader is inspired by the medieval crusades. In the makers' view, the story of the exhausted, battle-weary Europeans marching towards Jerusalem to drive infidels from the Christian Holy Land is one of history's greatest tales. The developers have also taken on board the stories behind the rise and fall of great empires, and the moral questions that imperial expansionism left behind.
In contrast to the simplistic cartoon depth of most computer games, Star Crusader is making large claims on a more mature form of entertainment with a game that sets out to create an experience full of conflict and, would you believe, moral choices.
The moral dimension behind Star Crusade could prove to be a unique feature stay loyal to the crusade's cause. What remains to be seen is whether these relatively highbrow concepts are actually an integral part of the gameplay, or whether they're
• rather pompous form of wrapping paper. Certainly, the heart of
Star Crusader will be more familiar to the average gameplayer,
with the good old thrill and action of a 3D space combat sim
providing the main attraction.
The flight system has been designed with fun and ease of use foremost in mind, which will hopefully make it of wider appeal than some of the ultra-realistic flight simulations available. With a choice of 13 ships each bearing a unique host of weaponry, there should, at least, be plenty of features to keep players returning for more battles beyond the stars.
Those who find games based on real-life technical flight specs abhorrent will be comforted by the fact that Gorene technology surpasses the limitations of normal, work-a-day physics - in other words the emphasis is on fun and excitement rather than detailed authenticity.
On the other hand, it seems likely that the game will still require patience from those who normally shy away from the complexities of the flight sim. Despite the fact that the developers have bent the laws of physics. Crusader has a typically vast number of keyboard commands, camera views and pre-mission sequences to get the hang of. How easy these are to pick up will determine how appealing the game ultimately is to action fans unaccustomed to the unique challenges of the genre.
Though it features the now traditional campaign and mission objectives. Crusader does have extra appeal in that it breaks away from a linear plot. There are, in fact.
104 missions that lie along different gaming paths.
Accordingly, players will have to adjust their style of play and remember that they don't have to succeed in every mission to win a campaign. In order to advance the overall gameplot, some missions have been designed to be very difficult, and the only way to see all of Star Crusader's missions is to lose a battle here and there. In other words, whereas most games in the genre demand that players save a game and replay unsuccessful missions. Star Crusader will reward a more honest approach to player failures with interesting developments in the storyline.
As the game progresses, more space craft will become available to the player to take out on their missions. It will be impressive if each of them handles differently, but at least the developers have already introduced variety by designing different looking cockpits for every type of craft.
In an attempt to make the intergalactic dogfighting as varied and challenging as possible, the developers have given each of the five alien races individual strengths and weaknesses that must be understood if the player is going to win. The Tancreds, for example, use powerful, durable ships that lack manoeuvrability, so getting in close and sticking there will be the player's best hope of victory.
If the player ends up taking on Gorene ships, however, the key to success will be team work. Before each mission, players choose wingman to support them in an action, and in a conflict against a Gorene fighter they should be ordered to attack in groups of two or three.
The game makers' concentration on breaking away from the tediously repetitive nature of some space sim's mission structures will hopefully help to distinguish it above the norm. On the other hand, a downside to the space sim is that its setting doesn't have the variety of a terrestrial sim with its day and night flying conditions and its climatic changes. In what is presumably an attempt to tackle this downfall, however, Star Crusade will feature conflicts within nebulas and mine fields.
A nebula will affect tactics because it interferes with all energy weapons, which means the players will have to adapt to shorter targeting ranges to make a kill.
Fighting in the midst of a mine field presents a different challenge, however, since the mines will detect large energy expenditure and hone in on a pilot like a swarm of bees. Clearly then, Gametek have taken a tried and tested formula and attempted to inject it with a new lease of life. The unusual nature of the storyline, with its non-linear development, stands out as the most appealing and fresh attraction of the game at this early stage; ultimately, however, much will depend on how well the basic combat engine works on the Amiga.
Mm ms fast it turns. This time it’s the turn of Black Legend’s Whcelspin. Is A guilty or not guilty of being another superb racing game?
D all these graphical features that could have made it so great. However, it's all irrelevant now as it's a strong possibility that the infamous Skidmark crown could be taken.
At the moment, Wheelspin is rather a long way off completion. There are some j league competitions included, but nothing too challenging as yet. They consist of eight racers, each with their own unique name and picture, accompanied by their own statistics - reflexes, skill and fighting spirit - which are rated from very high to very low. To even the balance, if your reflex skills are good then your fighting spirit I will be a little less than average.
UNITED NATIONS The racers themselves are all from various nations around the globe, from good ol' ] blighty to Japan, each wanting to bring the championship home to their respective country. The idea is to race against three other contestants and try and win by com-1 pleting five laps. If you finish first you will be awarded driver points which are then accumulated as you race other tracks. So far there are four tracks in Wheelspin - uring the last few months, driving games have completely cluttered up the entire office. Skidmarks 2, F1 World Championship Edition and ATR are the ones that sit
proudly on top of the pile. The top-down view of the action re- emerges once again - this time Black Legend are the culprits who intend on pushing it to the limits once more.
Racing games are probably the worst type of game to think of an original title for. For instance, all car parts have been taken and most motoring terms have been pinched. Nearly all of them have been exhaust-ed already. Ho ho! What's left... Axle Action? Exhaust... Fumes? Nope, I was wrong, there's still one left - Wheelspin?
Set in the not too distant future, Wheelspin intends to blast away the past and the competition, leaving its skidmarks in their places.
I think it's quite safe to say that Skidmarks is the best game of its genre at the moment, meaning Wheelspin has its work cut out trying to beat the best. Skidmarks gave a distinct cartoony feel, most likely because the graphics were hand drawn or done by another suitable method- The whole game felt more like a nice pleasant race around a track rather than the distinct sounds of metal clashing and crunching as competitors fly past. Wheelspin is most certainly the latter.
At present, Wheelspin is beginning to look very impressive, boasting superb ray- traced graphics - cars, tracks and everything. I thought Skidmarks sadly missed out t Wheel VkV : FINAL STANDINGS 3 Tim RKSOLTI A roi DRIVER Tim h) 1 k.rou vJh) X R.OWIT* 0:4»:2I a m.crrtor 1.01:2a t « ft. DULL Find out your total In the final league placings Getting a good start off the grid will enable you to take the lead early on mm ms LEAGUES
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polished impression. With the graphics being ray-traced and it
being a reasonably fast scrolling game, I expected some kind of
sloW-down that would have had a serious effect on the gameplay.
However, there's no slow-down as yet - it runs as smoothly as Skidmarks!
Two-players can take part in the action via a split screen. This increases the fun immensely by allowing much stiffer competition, as a human player will be twice as hard to beat as the computer.
Although the game is still at a very early stage. I'm sure many features will be tweaked to improve it. At the moment, the computer opposition tend to get stuck in the walls and take a considerable time to get going again. Also, the collision detection hasn't been defined properly, so at present your car seems to crash into objects that aren't even there - shadows too!
Takeshi Hinoki Reflexes: High Skill: very high
F. Spirit: high I can't knock the game at the moment because it's
far too early to take an overall view. Having said that,
Wheelspin is looking very good - graphically-only though. If
Black Legend can match the gameplay along with the graphics
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essential prospects, Flashback, released on the Amiga a while
ago, was one of the greatest animated games around. If you can
recollect an earlier game by the title of Prince Of Persia,
which was released many moons ago, then you'll have an idea of
what Flashback is like in respect to presentation.
You take control of the hero, Conrad Hard, in the year 2142. Belonging to a secret fraternity, the Galaxia Bureau of Investigation, you are in great danger. Conrad exposed a secret piece of machinery that fabricated inhuman beings, and his only immediate notion was to warn the authorities. But wait, now your woman has disappeared. Immediately suspecting these individuals of abduction, Conrad sets out to redeem his fiery-haired temptress, Sonya.
The establishment behind these foul deeds were well aware of Conrad's intentions and instantly set out to capture him. Conrad, being the hero, escaped on a hover bike while chased by two of the most fearful of villains. Laser shots were exchanged, resulting in Conrad plummeting into a vegetation land covered with trees and rocks.
When Conrad regained consciousness, he thought he was safe.
Flashback arrived courtesy of Delphine Software, landing quite prominently into the Amiga market at a time when it was in its prime. What really gave it the edge over other platform adventures were the outstanding graphics and animation. The recently discovered methods of rotoscoping were rarely used to such efficiency as Flashback.
As said before, Prince Of Persia stretched the graphics to the extreme and sadly the adventure didn't quite live up to the graphical capabilities. We all know by now that superb graphics don’t add to the actual playability - to achieve a high grade, graphics and playability must be of the highest standards.
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Cancel 0oing back a couple of months, you will remember I spent
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Directory Opus setup. Well, space Is always the enemy in
publishing and there's always something more to be said. So
here's a few more tips to increase your file management
First up, you might not know that Directory Opus has some internal functions that aren't immediately obvious. For instance, you know how to click the leftmost edge of the directory list to move up to its parent, but did you know that you can click with your right mouse button to get straight to the root directory of whatever device you are displaying? This can certainly save a lot of time if you have several layers of directories.
Another great time saver is the bottom- left button in the small cluster of buttons at the junction of the two directory windows. You know the ones, they are marked B R S A. You are probably aware that clicking on the B with your left mouse button will bring up a list of all the directories buffered in memory, but if you are running low on RAM:, try clicking on it Shortcut key New entry PupUcate Flags.
Delete Okay Swap Franh fiord re-uisits the Director Opus tonfig file with your right mouse button. This will free up any buffers held in memory, apart, obviously, from the ones currently displayed.
SELECimns However, the button that's most useful, to me at least, is the one labelled
S. This button lets you select filenames by certain criteria if
you hit it with the left button, but if you use your right
mouse button on it. It shows you a complete list of devices,
volumes and assigns. Much quicker than having to trawl through
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the directory window.
As for external applications, there are a couple more I didn't mention last time around. The first will be of use to anyone who owns a copy of AdPro and has access to the program Splitz. In case you aren't familiar with it. Splitz takes a file that is too big to fit onto a particular sort of media and splits it into user-definable chunks. Then you use Splitz s companion program. Joinz. To rejoin the chunks back into a complete file at the other end.
This is mainly designed for people who need to move large bitmap files (well, it does come with AdPro. After all) from one machine to another You can add Splitz functionality to Directory Opus quite simply by creating a button for Splitz and applying the following rules: AiigaDOS ADPro:splitz f RAN:Splitz 870000 Coaaind CD RAD: You should have flags set for Output Window. Rescan Source and Rescan Destination. What the button will do is take any file you have selected and split it into chunks roughly 850k in size, which is small enough to fit onto an FFS formatted disk with no trouble. If you
normally use Splitz for transferring stuff on doubledensity PC-formatted floppies then you should use a value of 720000 or less Now the only problem with this setup _LSJ i O AT lies in the amount of free memory you have. If it is low. I suggest you change the part where it says RAM.Splitz’ to something like HD I :temp Splitz.' Of course, you are still going to need enough room on your hard drive.
Another useful button to have is one that generates a ReadMe file ready for you to edit. For this I have set up a button that copies a pre-defined empty text file with an icon which has a text viewer as its default tool, something like more or multiview would be ideal, into the current destination directory. Don't forget to turn on the Rescan Destination flag so that the readme file shows up.
One last gizmo is a commodity called CacheFont which you should have found on last month s CoverDisk. Cachefont comes in two parts: There is the cachefont command itself, which goes in your startup-sequence, and there is the MakeFontList command which has to be run every time you add or subtract fonts from your system. You can very easily add a button to your Dopus palette which calls the command up from the C: directory. It doesn’t take any arguments so you should find it pretty simple to set up The number ol different tools you can odd to Dopus Is only limited by your ingenuity Nostalgia
ain't what it used to be Allfont. _£J SmorfSpoce j£j teox _| Jan line* Cnr*4*AiiH ) DetwrtMode Pi Promt Imp | Crtor PowerSnap might be a bit old, but it's still superb In my never ending quest to help Amiga owners everywhere. I sometimes forget that not everyone has access to all the latest software and hardware to check things out. And most of you will probably not have owned an Amiga as long as I have.
So I decided to call your attention to tools and utilities that make my job easier but might be a little old, so not in the headlines. One of those very utilities is a commodity called PowerSnap. The latest version of PowerSnap came out early last year, but it has a long history.
PowerSnap lets you copy text you would not normally be able to copy to the clipboard and then paste it in any package that supports the standard Amiga clipboard. For instance, earlier on in this article I gave you the information to set up a Splitz button and you saw the two commands needed to get it working. I could have remembered those two commands, after all, they aren't exactly complex, but with PowerSnap I can just hold down a key and drag my mouse over the text on the screen and copy it to the clipboard. Then all I have to do is simply paste it back into the text editor I am using to
write this text and hit the Paste shortcut. Much easier and probably safer too.
PowerSnap also comes in real handy if you have set up an Aminet Index button in Dopus, as I explained two months ago. Because it means you don't have to write the filenames you want to get on a piece of paper, you can just paste them into a document for Batch FTP, or as a scratch pad while you use your ftp program.
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We've looked at ways to make models as dose to reality as possible and the need to keep your polygon count down, but there are some situations which get complex and there's nowt you can do about it.
Amiga 3D Part 5 On the other hand, sit and think for a minute or two and you can at least cut a lot of the work out of creating a complicated model. Lightwave and Imagine are both fairty adept at this sort of operation, but both differ in their approach.
Cloning, for example, is a technique which can save a great deal of time and which cries out to be used in some circumstances. When using Imagine, the artist has a lot of control over the cloned objects, much more so than Lightwave users.
Take the example of a Sherman tank model. It's easy to predict that the tank tracks and the road wheels are going to be the most hasslesome parts of the object to build, and Imagine users can thank their lucky stars that the cloning process can incorporate automatic rotation.
To create the tracks, just build one link as simply as you can safely get away with, then build a path in the shape of your tracks and use the Mold requester to access Imagine s Replicate function. When the replicate window appears, you'll notice it contains a couple of powerful options Objects can be Big means fewer When a model contains parts which need lots of detail but lots of larger areas which don't, ifs usually best to make two copies - one for distant shots and the other for close-ups, For example, our tank tracks are replaced in the distant version by a double-sided polygon bent into
the correct shape and brushmapped to look the part and our wheels can be substituted by a set with fewer polygons.
Clones, copies, and cutting Steuie Kennedij looks at another trick to keep the concept of ‘ujork’ as far atuaq from modeling as possible replicated along a straightforward length if you need a straight line of them, but our tracks will have to be created with path cloning. Problem, the closed path means our object has to rotate through 360 degrees.
Imagine s answer is the align Y to path option which will force the object to follow the curve of the path at it is cloned around PDUJEH IDOLS In the lower half of the window are even more powerful tools which can be used to create almost any spiral or other such effect.
By simply telling Imagine to rotate various amounts in the three axes, it is easy to make an object tumble around its centre as it is replicated
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done option (using a curve in a background layer) offers no
control over axes alignment or rotation The upshot is that
creating the Sherman's tank tracks in Lightwave means
performing the clone operation, then wortang one s way around
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• iff In hexadecimal, a general cursor positioning sequence takes
the form: 9b [R| (3b CJ 48. The first value. 9b hex. Is known
as the control sequence introducer (CSI) and you'll noace in my
example sequences that I tend to define this value as the
variable CSI. And then use this term rather than the numerical
value itself (a convention I use for almost all constant terms,
since it helps make the resulting scnpts easier to read).
R represents the display row and C the display column, while the 3b hex value is a separator' that allows the console device to distinguish between the two real row and column parameters The brackets indicate items that can be treated as optional and this means that not only can either row or column positions be omitted, but the 3b hex separator (which is in fact an ASCII semicolon character) need only be provided when both row and column values are given or when just a column value is specified. In other words, a row position on its own can be moved to by sending the simplified three
character sequence: 9b R 48 With any scnpt that makes more than passing use of cursor positioning, the best idea is to create an isolated SetCursor() function that takes a pair of row column co-ordinates and sends the appropriate command sequence to the console window. Listing I shows a typical function and you'll nooce how the actual row (r) and column
(c) values passed to the function are easily embedded into the
general form of the sequence by using the Arexx II' string
concatenation operator The benefit here is that by isolating
the cursor positioning code into a separate function, the mam
body of your scnpt will be cleaner. I.e. tidier, and
therefore more understandable to both yourself and anyone
else reading your code.
Cursor position is then performed using statements hke can SetCursor| 10.0) rather than cononualy having to embed actual control sequence data throughout the code.
Of course, rs also possible to go one better than this and create a function that takes both the cursor posi: on and the text to be displayed as function arguments Listing 2 shows a typical routine called GxsorWnte() and this would, for example, allow you to position and write error messages, incidental text and so on using easy-to- understand statements Wee cai CursorWntel I O.O.SJGN.ON.MESSAGE) more console deuice info os Paul Oueraa prouides details of horn cursor positioning sequences are created and used SetCurtor: parte arg r,c call ¥ntecfc(ra»_iiado*,C$ !|;r11 la'«||c||'48'x) return
positioning function CursorVrft«: parse arg r,c,teitl call ¥nttck(raajiir.ie»,CSI| • I |'5b'i||c| call ¥riteck(ra*_»ind:«,:titJ: return Listing 2; T Xf writing with cursor positioning CursorWrite: Procedure parse arg windon,r,c,tet*.S CSI * '09'!
Call Umteck(tnndo»,CSl! * Ji't||c||’48'i) call Uritech(uindou,teitS return Listing 3: A more general form of the CursorWriteil function Generalising the code august_eianple.script.reu TE$ T_NE$ S*GE1 * 'Jnst tone eiaaple positioned ten' TEST_HESS«(E2 « 'Nit *NT ktj to terainate progran!'
Call Open(rau.ui*flc«, i*•:ib 40 480 200 august_exa«- ple.script.reiD call Cursoryrite(ri._eindou,10,10,TE$ niES$ AGE1) call C«rs:'NHte(n.jiindou,H,10,TE$ T_NE$ $ AGC2) keypressS:leadct(ra»_Hindou,1) wait for keypress call Closetrau.uindou) eiit logical end of program CursorNrite: Procedure parse arg uindoe,r,c,teitS CSI * '9b‘ I call yritech(uindov,CSI||r||'3B'x||c|l'48'x) call Vritech(uindotf,text$ ) retufft Listing 4: Some runable example corle to get you started With small functions such as the ones I’ve been discussing, it s not too much hardship to incorporate suitably modified versions of the
code into an Arexx script whenever cursor positioning is needed. It is, however, a good idea to try and make such routines as general as possible, and with the listing 2 CursorWrite)) routine, for example, a number of improvements could be made.
We could, for instance, pass the window handle to the routine as a parameter rather than have the window handle explicitly embedded in the function code. Similarly, Arexxs Procedure keyword could be used to isolate the workings of the routine from the script it will finally be used in.
Listing 3 shows the results of such changes, and the benefit is that this function can now be incorporated and used in your own code without you needing to worry about how it works. Simply make a call to the CursorWrite()routine passing your window handle, the row column screen co-ordinates, and text to be printed as function call parameters, and your text will be duly printed at the specified position.
The program shown in listing 4 should help get you started. It's a runable example that opens a window and prints a couple of text messages. Look at the overall format, run and modify it so that you come to terms with the general ideas, and then copy the cursor positioning function to your own scripts and experiment!
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STAR TR£K__ VOYAGER which is an American company which makes CD-ROMs. No. Voyager is the new Star Trek series, and it is currentfy running in the US to rave reviews. This is the official Paramount site and contains all the information and pictures you would need to make sense of the series having not seen it yet. Look forward to it soon on UK screens.
Asimov's Star Trek Pages http: www.inlink.com ~asimov trek-menu.html Information about Star Trek, Star Trek. The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space 9. And of course Star Trek: Voyager I don't quite know what Asimov has got to do with it. As he is dead, but nonetheless, this is a good start for your Star Trek Web Voyages.
Maintained (mainly) by Star Trek fans, articles, papers and reviews, and information about games related to Star Trek This is one of my favounte lucking off points, and it always has somethmg new to offer the really deeply SAD trekker (SoW) An exhaustingly large guide to all the Star Trek Info on the Internet. It contains links to the Official Paramount' sites, Star Trek Clubs on the Net. Commercial sites selling Star Trek-related merchandise over the Net. Various sites What is it’ A fan dub m all but name. Members of the British Starfleet Confederacy receive a certificate of commission,
officer's manual, identity card, stardate calendar and six bimonthly newsletters and chapter bulletins, as well as access to dub merchandise. The British Starfleet Confederacy is run by the fans of Star Trek for the fans of Star Trek « afl its incarnations.
The KUNGON ASSAULT GROUP is a not-for-profit' STAR TREK fan organisation Their growth is apparently based on 'communication and cooperation Klingon Uniforms aren't required, but to advance within our ranks a uniform will be necessary Promotions are based solely on merit and level of involvement' These guys are sick.
Nightmare Factory Star Trek Costumes http: www io.com -mghtime trek.html Well, just when you thought you'd seen everything, now you can buy Star Trek costumes over the Nee just like the ones in the series. For example A Captain Kirk-style gold shirt (from the original Star Trek) is $ 28; Next Generation shirts are $ 45. A gold Next Generation ladies jump-suit is $ 70. A burgundy ladies jump-suit with emblems and belt, as worn by Major Kira in ST.DS9 is $ 70 There are also authentic gold communicator pins which replicate those in the series in every detail. Same as used on TV. 'Just what you need
to complete the official uniform!'
Oh boy.
And so on and so forth. If you want to take a voyage where no one has gone before around the Star Trek sites on the Net, then be sure to set aside a long time, as the list is growing daily and it may take you weeks to see everything add is growing very fast, I’m also on loads of different networks - here’s a list of them, and my address: 16:100 120 959:100 2 424:100 7 95:112 1 987:987 1 2:250 145.20 2:259 97.3 Mininet Barnet Quantum Net Subspace Missing Line Fidonet Internet Daniel. Gamett%nirvana@warp.exnet.com Amiga Computing here is a lot of Star Trek action on the Internet, mostly because
the kind of people you find on the Internet are exactly the kind of people who are into Star Trek. I have to say that this really excites me. But then I am the kind of sad act who. Without the restraining influence of my loved one. Would be off to the next convention with rubber ears and a Phaser which makes all the right noises when you pull the tngger.
You should know that there is a difference between a trekkie and a trekker. Trekkies are people who are into the series in a passing sense.
They’ll always watch it. They might know a bit of trivia if asked. They've possibly read William Shatner's "Star Trek Memories', which incidentally are amazing for a man who is on record as having no memories of anything.
Trekkers are another level of magnitude. They have all the episodes on tape. They have bloopers on tape. They have all the shows taped from the TV in the original edited and unedited forms. They have every book, every magazine, every video, every newspaper article about Star Trek. They have models of all the ships from all the series, a costume in their size from all the series. AJI the props, all the latex make-up. All the... well you get the idea.
You need to know this stuff, because once you enter the Star Trek zone on the Net you're on your own among these people, and you've got to be prepared to take it all very seriously. You have been warned.
Voyager Home Pages http: voyager.paramount.conV Not to be confused with the Voyager Company.
'My BBS is called NIRVANA ZONE BBS and can be contacted on (01243) 373596. 7pm-7am weekdays. 24 hours at weekends, it started in January this year, so is new to the BBS way of living. Its down in the south near Portsmouth and Chichester and is run by me. Daniel Gamett
- I'm 16 years old and still at secondary school.
I decided to set up this board because one night Dad had a go at me because I was on the phone too much and the phone bill was going through the roof. So I made this board up using MAXS 1.54. to get peeps to call me instead. It worked. I now have 124 users, which I might If you have any BBS s you want to tell us about, then drop us a line at the usual address. This month we have Daniel Garnett, who has this to say about his BBS: BBS watch ¦ Enter the Start Trek Zone and learnt your eye a on these delights.Whether you're a Trekkie or a Trekker, there's plenty to keep you entertained and
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scalable clip art becomes obvloua enough. But believe me,
you’ll really see the difference when you print out tb s page
At the time of writing this column. Softlogik has just informed
me that PageStream3.0h will be launched onto a suspecting
public in about two weeks time. Mike Loader at SoftLogik has
told me that the new revision of the Amiga's most awaited
software package will be the biggest update yet and abilities
such as page numbering, auto and manual hyphenation and
paragraph spacing will be implemented in this release. Mike is
also sending me the new add-on filters for Wordworth documents.
Jpeg images and True Type fonts, so more on those as I find out
This could be represented in Deluxe Paint by drawing a cirde
with a brush that is as dose to. I of an inch in size as
possible, six inches from the left side of the screen
honzontally. And four inches vertically from the top of the
The cirde should be 2.5 inches in radius. These instructions get sent to your printer so that rather than using the smallest brush size, it M I s I stili get letters and e-mail from people I confused about the different sorts of fonts and clip art types. I thought I d lay them to rest, once and for all. With a two-parter on the topic, so this month I am going to be looking at the wide variety of clip art formats available for the Amiga Before we have a look at the various formats, we need to be sure that we know the difference between structured (or scalable) clipart, and bitmapped (or image)
clip art.
We'll stan with bitmapped clips. These are basically pictures such as those created by Deluxe Paint. Now I know you can load a brush into Dpaint and hit the h or H keys to halve its size or double it but look at the result of these scalings You always end up with a degraded image whether you scale it down or up.
Now, the highest resolution, in terms of dots per screen inch, attainable by a standard Amiga is about 70dpi Compare this to your printer's resolution which is probably around 300dpi and you can see why some bitmapped dip art is SO enormous All it takes is a bit of maths to determine that you need to scale down an image to about 25 per cent (300 70) of its original size on the screen to get your screen-sized image onto paper SCHLIIIG Scalable clip art doesn't suffer from this problem because it is what's known as resolution- independent. This means you can scale it so that it is as small as a
single pixel on your screen, or large enough to fill a stadium's worth of screens and. Provided your pnnter has a high enough resolution and can actually pnnt a stadium-sized image, the image will soil appear at the same quality.
Why is this the case? Well, it comes down to the way the images are created and stored. A bitmap picture is stored as a set of pixels If we take the simplest example, a monochrome picture, the information contained within it is just a matter of switches saying on or off (i.e. black or white). A black and white structured drawing, however, is much more complex. Structured drawings are not pixel representations of the data they contain but are defined by a series of statements of which the following is an extreme simplification Draw circle at 6.4 size 2.5 line thickness I File formats light of
the Jaggies actually prints the thickness of the circle's line to . I of an inch, or as near as it can get to it. Depending on the printer's resolution.
You will really be able to see the difference if you scale the circle in Dpaint - the line thickness will also be scaled. The structured version of the circle will maintain the. 1 inch thick line. As for next month, it's on to the fonts.
In the Amiga s dim and distant past, way back when we still had a multitude of developers committed to providing us with software, there was a homegrown choice of file formats Gold Disk gave us the .dip format. Clip files could potentially be a whole bunch of discrete Images saved as one file so you had the opportunity to load a clip and pick one particular element from it.
An excellent idea in principle, It rather fell down in terms of providing a universal file format because Gold Disk were secretive about the way the format worked. This meant that other developers weren't able to support the format, so It pretty much died.
Another format developed in the early days of the Amiga was Aegis DR 2D file type. The first application to use DR2D was Aegis own Draw 2000. A simple structured drawing program which never did very much on this side of the Atlantic. Commodore adopted the simple DR2D format as part of IFF which, although it gave the format official status, still didn't result in very much support from third-party developers, and DR2D is only Supported by a few Amiga applications these days.
So what scalable picture format do we have on the Amiga? Well.
CPS has always been popular on most platforms, although most Amiga packages still cannot show associated TIFF preview files and some will only print EPS images to a postscript printer. As far as I know, there are only two commercial packages that allow you to actually create EPS clip art - ProVector by Stylus, Inc. and Art Expression by SoftLogik.
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1993 ISSUES April, May, June, August, December issues only £2.99 (Plus 50p P&P). J 1 ot a day goes by without someone e-mailing or writing to me and saying | they are having a problem with Amos.
It's not that people are stupid or that Amos is buggy, it's more that coding is a specific talent and only a handful of people take to it as a natural thing.
It requires a certain sort of mind, a pattern- recognising mind and a keen mathematical brain.
Of course, you can do it without either of these things, but you can't do it quickly or without problems. Most problems are easily solved as they are simple problems with the logic of the program: The flow of the program is constncted or misdirected in some way.
Debugging nightmare To help you debug your Amos programs, here is a simple all-points guide to debugging and program design.
I. Check your loops - if there is a FOR NEXT.
IF THEN, WHILE WEND or similar thing in your program, check that the loops are nested and not crossed: If Then For Next Phil South loohs at and not If For Then Next Uncross your loops and you will be flying (Now there's a sentence you wouldn't find in any other columns!)
2. Check your flow - related to loops is program flow The best
way to debug a program is with Computer Number One The brain.
Take a piece of paper and a pencil and go through the program
step by step, doing all the calculations with a calculator if
necessary, checking that each bit of the program is in the
nght order.
Do the loops and see what happens. Look at each instruction carefully and interpret it like the computer would. When you've run the program, does it stop where it should or does it just go round and round?
3. Then run it for a speed test - after you've done the
preliminary bug test do a run test.
Some things will look good on paper, but when you are really running, speed becomes an issue.
Does the computer pick up any key presses or mouse keys, or does it skip them? When you are running at computer speed things happen fast, and sometimes •something happens so fast it can't be seen or read by the procedures you have put in place.
When you ask the computer to sense anything Itke a key press or a mouse command, the computer needs to use a 'flag. No. Not a big fluttery thing on a pole, a variable which flips over one way to tell the computer the key has been found and there is no need to look for it any more. For example.
If Fired) «nd fflAG=0 Then See Pity 1 ! FfUI»1 When the fire button is sensed, the sample is played, and the flag FFLAG is set to I, This means you can run this loop again and if FFLAG is still I then the rest of the line will be ignored Flags are useful habits to get into.
4 Syntax errors - these will show up generally, but sometimes it will not be clear why there is a problem. Your first port of call should be the manual. Check the syntax in the book against the syntax in your program, and see what the difference is. It could just be a few commas with no figures between them: after a command. Some commands allow this even when there are no numbers in there - the command will still work as rf zeros were there.
Other syntax errors are to do with the way listings are published. If you put a long line with no breaks into a word processor or a DTP program (like those used to put this magazine together) the chances are the line will break on the last convenient space so as not to break up any words. For example.
XX XI1IIIXXXXXXIIIIIXXXXIXIIII will end up like this: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx If these x's were commands then you'd be looking down the sticky end of a syntax error, like the one mentioned in a previous column for the Easy AMOS tutorials.
5. Don't be too ambitious - okay so we all want everything now.
And making do with simple programs can really wrinkle our
snouts, but don't be tempted to take on too big a project in
one go. I get people writing to me all the time saying: Tm
writing a simple neural network program and can't seem to get
it to work. Could you supply me with a listing of the basic
algorithm?" Or Tm writing a 30 gme wHch uses vector graphics.
How do thee wort n Amos?* This a nuts, uoen people, take these things in easy stage Dont eac grt n and start coding a big project - sort smtf Nochng you do will be wasted because you nerer start any project from scratch You always reuse code I have a bas*c cofcson detection routine which works and I use t n M my arcade games. I also have a flag rouone. A sound routine, a music routine and a Joe or other routines, like vectors (not 3D grapfta but ways of making things bounce correctly) whch I use n ail my code. You can keep usng code you wnce and build up to the tug program 5DMng 5DIT19 of
those flmo5 coding problems No tug program was ever written in a day like a le«er. From one end to the ocher It doesn't work like that Coden reuse their code all the time. Start devetopng snal routines which do one job well and the" use them as sub-routines in your future *ort Ths way you will only be debugging smal programs one at a time and then bolting them together, rather than writing a huge 10.000 me behemoth of a program which would take fifcerosoft a year to debug, let alone you on your own working m your spare time So there we are. Good kick, and take careful note of all these ports
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There are additional menu options for reopening various windows, new menus for tools and loops, options for facilities like Midi file type 0 saving and Midi file type 0 and type I loading, use of XPK or Powerpacker-oriented compression and various other items.
With version 6 you can use both 8 and 16-bit stereo samples and. As well as continued HiSoft Aura support there's a Toccata Capture window for users of Toccata sound cards. Version 6’s changed internal buffer arrangements are also worth a mention because previously, copy cut style edit operations all used the same buffer.
Now, block, track and edit menus each have their own separate buffers so you can have block, track and range edit information all stored in memory at once.
SYSTEm ESSmilHlS RED BLACK - Recommended releiM 2? Only) 1 Mb RAM The new stylo sample editor I he new version of OctaMED Pro h$ s now officially arrived, and while there I are many extra facilities thrown in. The big attraction is almost certainly going to be the yet further improved user interface. In fact, as soon as you load version 6 you'll notice the change because the main screen is now split into a number of separately rearrangeable and or resizable windows.
At startup there's a main control window, the tracker editor itself, and an information window on display. Other windows, for things like tempo control, are now. Therefore, only opened when required. The upshot is that the new display looks, and in practice feels, much less dunered. Another benefit is that users can now arrange windows to suit their own way of working.
The main control window contains the playing buttons, instrument details, window opening gadgets and various other buttons and checkboxes. Most of the changes here are self explanatory - version 6 can. For example, handle 16-bit sound samples, so the instrument size box now shows a W (for word, meaning 16-bits) against any 16-bit samples that are loaded.
Rll ChflnCE The tracker editor has also undergone some changes. Scroll bars and a sizing gadget have been added and there is now more space between the tracks fthe bar equalizers, which used to be an integral part of the tracker display, have, incidentally, also been moved into their own separate window). Another new feature is a tempo operations window which allows much easier conversion between the various methods of setting OctaMED tempos.
Most of the new menus and option changes No regrets With modem-style windows containing 3D look gadgets and boxes, plus all the other standard bits and bobs that users are now beginning to expect from all commercial Amiga software, OctaMED version 6 is a Significant advance on previous versions.
While there is little or no doubt that this tracker program now stands head and shoulders above all the competition, version 6. However, is still clearly just a development stepping stone to the OctaMED Pro Sound Studio package due to arrive towards the end of this year.
Just in case you're tempted to hold back until the Pro Sound Studio package appears, you might like to know that it has already been decided that version 6 users are going to be given special upgrade consideration when the Pro Sound Studio finally arrives. Of course, the final decision on upgrading to version 6 is up to you. But my advice is to jump on the version 6 bandwagon as soon as possible - you won't regret id The bottom lino Other changes Product: OctaMED Version 6 Supplier. Seasoft Computing Tel: 01903 850378 Price: UK - £35 + £1 pip (includes manual) Registered OctaMED V5 users pay
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Ease of use_8 Implementation_9 Value for money-10 Overall_9 One of the most significant additions with version 6 is the provision of Arexx support within OctaMED itself (the standalone player program has of course been Arexx controllable for a long time). The Arexx command set certainly looks comprehensive and, in theory at least, is going to enable users to perform sophisticated automated song edits, it remains to be seen, however, how much interest users will actually take in this facility because many Amiga owners still seem to have a mental block when it comes to Arexx macro use!
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Basic tool Ifit Soldering iron Assorted screwdrivers (electric)
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Cutters Insulating tape Sharp knife Long-nosed pliers Cables
Square-nosed pliers Connectors that the whole cable wtf have to
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Soidenng a tarty easy, and with a little practice you should become confident about making your own cables The mao points to note are that the soidenng eon should be at full temperature (the solder ami 'ner: and flow easily with the right heat) and that a w* oe stronger where the bare wire can be wrapped around its connection tab before soidenng The connector and wire should be clean and free from grease (use sandpaper or a We if necessary), and should be kept immobile until the solder secs The easiest and most frustrating mistake to make is to forget to pass the cable through the connector s
cover before soidenng it up, something I stiH do occasionally Ail the fiddly work of stripping, tnrnmmg and connecting has to be done all over again - just when you thought you'd finished!
So if you've been having doubts about your caWemaking ability, don't. Give it a go, learn the ropes and pretty soon you'll wonder why you've been paying full whack for cables which are so easy to make you could do it yourself for far less.
Fracturing. Physical damage can often be located visually by removing the cover from the connector and checking for loose, frayed, or disconnected winng or short circuits.
Sometimes the remedy may be as simple as using a sliver of insulating tape to separate the shorted wires, or it may require a complete rebuild of the connector, necessitating its removal or replacement, stripping the cable back to new winng core, and making new solder connections all round.
However, not all visual inspections bear fruit, and it may be necessary to test the continuity of each wire in the cable with a multimeter set to measure resistance. If a cable has been subjected to rough treatment or is getting on in years, it might have become fractured in the wire core, rather than at the connectors, usually meaning Contact There's no doubt that without cables and connectors your Amiga. TV and video, stereo, telephone, lights, musical equipment coffee maker, fish tank, microwave (and anything else in your home that uses electrical energy) will quickly come to a halt though
under normal circumstances the cables and connectors do their job. Passing signals or currents from one place to another to generally make your life easier.
However, what happens when things go wrong? Do you call out a repair-person, or buy a new cable to replace a faulty one - or do you take matters into your own hands and get stuck into a bit of electrical DIY?
This month. I'm turning my attention to some hints and bps on making and repairing caWes. But don't worry, many cables are quite simple to build or repair yourself, and if you've got the right tools and can follow a few basic rules, can read numbers and don't have severe colour-blindness, then you could be sorting out many cable problems yourself instead of buying expensive new ones or paying out for repairs.
To make or repair your own cables you’ll need a basic set of tools (see the accompanying list) which will obviously require some financial outlay, but if you take care of them then they'll last you for years - so they should make a worthwhile investment. Buy the best you can afford, since cheap tools don't usually last as long as quality ones. You should be able to find everything you need at a local electronics shop such as Tandy or Maplin.
MflTERIfllS In addition to tools, you'll also need the raw materials to make your leads - in other words the connectors and the wiring cable itself. The cable and connectors are usually specific to the job in hand, a simple audio or video lead often only requires a piece of screened single or two core cable and comparatively simple connectors, but RGB. SCART or modem leads need multicore cable and more complex connectors. If you're not sure what the name of the connector is that you need to replace or repair, take the faulty one to the shop with you to show the shop assistant - it saves a lot
of confusing embarrassment!
The two most important points when buying components for cable-making are that you get the right wire and the right connectors. Again, ask if you're not sure While a piece of lighting cable or bell-wire might look as if you can use it to make a video or audio connection, the results you'll obtain will never be as good as with the correct type of wiring and the best connectors you can afford.
In my experience, most cable faults can be traced to broken or shorted wiring, for instance where a cable has come adrift from its connector, or when a dry' solder joint has lost its electrical conductivity through age, overheating or Safety first!
Never work on equipment which is connected to the mains. Switch off and disconnect first. If you re rewiring a mains plug make sure you know the colour codes and follow them. Use the correct fuses. Be safe - don’t take chances. If in doubt, get a professional to do the job.
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Amiga Format 93% CU Amiga 94% Amiga Shopper 95% JAM * The best piece of hardware I've ever As you can see. The Amiga press has gone nuts over our new Squirrel SCSI interface for the A600 A1200. In case you’ve missed these reviews, the Squirrel SCSI is a plug-and-play add-on that allows you to connect up to 7 SCSI peripherals to your Amiga. Just think of it. CD-ROM. Hard drive.
Scanner, DAT. Optical. SyQuest. Tape Streamer - all on line at the same time! No wonder we named it after that famous storage-hungry animal! To go with Squirrel, here are some great value devices... SyQuest Drives SCSI CD-ROM Drives bought for my A 7 200 well done, HiSoft! 99 SCSI Hard Drives Introducing our brand-new quad-speed CD-ROM drive, the Squirrel 4x; a feature-packed, lightning-fast drive at a stunning price. This is the flagship ol our range of CD-ROM drives, all designed to suit your needs and your pocket Squirrel CD-ROM drives are cased in extremely stylish enclosures with all SCSI
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These are the drives we use for developing and testing the Squirrel hardware and software - need we say more?
Squirrel Storage Systems AJI our Squirrel Storage Systems come either bare (ml - ready for installation internally within a suitably-equipped Amiga or other computer) or fully-cased (ext) with integral power supply. SCSI in out. SCSI ID selector and audio out (for CD-ROM). The cases we supply are high quality, shielded, snap-together enclosures, each with 40W power supply - the back panelof the 5,25* case 15 shown above.
These SCSI enclosures are available at £69.95 each (please specify 3.5" or 5.25" when ordering).
The neat Squirrel SCSI interface is shown on the right. The unit simply plugs into the PCMCIA slot, comes complete with all the software you need together with a cable which terminates in a 50-way Amphenol plug to attach to your first SCSI device.
Ordering Information All HiSoft products (see the complete list below) should be available through your favourite Amiga dealer. If you have difficulty in obtaining any title you can order directly from HiSoft - just call us free on 0500 223660, armed with your credit or debit card: we will normally despatch within 4 working days or. For an extra £6. By * guaranteed next day delivery (for goods in stock). Alternatively, you can send us a cheque or postal orders.
All prices include VAT. Export orders: call or fax to confirm pricing and postage costs. © 1995 HiSoft E&OE HiSoft products for your Amiga: Squirrel SCSI interface - £69.95. Squirrel Storage Systems - as above.
Aura 12 16 bit sampler - £99.95. Megalosound 8 bit sampler - £34.95. ProMidi interlace - £24.95. HiSoft Devpac 3.14 - £79.95. HiSoft BASIC 2 - £79.95. Highspeed Pascal - £99.95, Gamesmith - £99.95, Termite - £39.95. Twist 2 database - £99.95. Maxon Magic £29.95. Upper Disk Tools - £14.95. VistaLite inc MakePath TerraForm - £39.95 and much more. Coming soon: DiskMagiC (disk tools) and Cinema4D.
Introducing removable SCSI drives for your Amiga. Based on reliable, proven SyQuest'" mechanisms, these 88Mb and 270Mb units offer transportable, compact, high performance and.
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